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Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014)

Autor(a) de Monster

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About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsberg, West Virginia. When he was three years old, his mother died and his father sent him to live with Herbert and Florence Dean in Harlem, New York. He began writing stories while in his teens. He dropped out of high school and enlisted in mostrar mais the Army at the age of 17. After completing his army service, he took a construction job and continued to write. He entered and won a 1969 contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, which led to the publication of his first book, Where Does the Day Go? During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. His works include Fallen Angels, Bad Boy, Darius and Twig, Scorpions, Lockdown, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Invasion, Juba!, and On a Clear Day. He also collaborated with his son Christopher, an artist, on a number of picture books for young readers including We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart and Harlem, which received a Caldecott Honor Award, as well as the teen novel Autobiography of My Dead Brother. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Monster, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. He also won the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness, at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Walter Dean Myers

Monster (1999) 5,062 exemplares
Fallen Angels (1988) 1,878 exemplares
Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008) 1,348 exemplares
Slam! (1996) 1,246 exemplares
Bad Boy: A Memoir (2001) 1,166 exemplares
Somewhere In The Darkness (1992) 1,087 exemplares
Scorpions (1988) 1,040 exemplares
The Glory Field (1994) 799 exemplares
Hoops (2008) 757 exemplares
Harlem (1997) 696 exemplares
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (1993) 678 exemplares
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (2001) 574 exemplares
Shooter (2004) 479 exemplares
Lockdown (2010) 422 exemplares
The Cruisers (2010) 404 exemplares
145th Street: Short Stories (2000) 397 exemplares
Autobiography of My Dead Brother (2005) 378 exemplares
Game (2008) 370 exemplares
Riot (2009) 355 exemplares
Dope Sick (2009) 354 exemplares
Street Love (2006) 331 exemplares
Monster: A Graphic Novel (2015) 330 exemplares
Handbook for Boys: A Novel (2002) 323 exemplares
Jazz (2006) 321 exemplares
Looking Like Me (2009) 298 exemplares
The Beast (2003) 268 exemplares
Darius & Twig (2013) 257 exemplares
Harlem Summer (2007) 252 exemplares
Kick (2011) 243 exemplares
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff (1975) 240 exemplares
Darnell Rock Reporting (1994) 230 exemplares
Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid (1988) 221 exemplares
All the Right Stuff (2012) 206 exemplares
Invasion (2013) 182 exemplares
The Weather Baby (2000) 179 exemplares
Blues Journey (2003) 179 exemplares
The Outside Shot (1984) 178 exemplares
The Young Landlords (1979) 177 exemplares
The Mouse Rap (1990) 176 exemplares
Won't Know Till I Get There (1875) 170 exemplares
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly (2000) 169 exemplares
The Dream Bearer (2003) 158 exemplares
Juba!: A Novel (2015) 156 exemplares
Shadow of the Red Moon (1995) 141 exemplares
On a Clear Day (2014) 130 exemplares
The Legend of Tarik (1981) 129 exemplares
The Story of the Three Kingdoms (1995) 128 exemplares
Crystal (1987) 123 exemplares
Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom (1997) 120 exemplares
Love Story (Amiri And Odette) (2009) 114 exemplares
The Cruisers Book 2: Checkmate (2011) 112 exemplares
It Ain't All for Nothin' (1979) 107 exemplares
Just Write: Here's How! (2012) 105 exemplares
The Blues of Flats Brown (2000) 71 exemplares
Motown and Didi (1862) 65 exemplares
Carmen (2011) 65 exemplares
Smiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective (1996) 59 exemplares
Tales of a Dead King (1983) 58 exemplares
The dragon takes a wife (1995) 56 exemplares
Victory for Jamie (1977) 45 exemplares
Cruisers Book 4: Oh, Snap! (2013) 39 exemplares
The Golden Serpent (1980) 36 exemplares
Three Swords for Granada (2002) 31 exemplares
Looking for the Easy Life (2011) 25 exemplares
SORT OF SISTERS (18 Pine St) (1992) 11 exemplares
Fighter (2003) 11 exemplares
Where does the day go? (1969) 11 exemplares
The Test (1992) 9 exemplares
The get over a short story (2013) 7 exemplares
Sweet illusions (1987) 6 exemplares
Brainstorm (1977) 5 exemplares
Fly, Jimmy, fly! (1974) 5 exemplares
The dancers (1972) 5 exemplares
Mojo and the Russians (1977) 5 exemplares
The Party (18 Pine St. #2) (1992) 4 exemplares
Kwame's Girl (18 Pine Street) (1994) 4 exemplares
TAKING SIDES (18 Pine St) (1994) 3 exemplares
Harlem blues (1996) 3 exemplares
The Nicholas Factor (1983) 3 exemplares
Pirate a short story (2011) 2 exemplares
The Prince (18 Pine Street) (1992) 2 exemplares
Sky Man (18 Pine Street) (1994) 2 exemplares
INTENSIVE CARE (18 Pine St) (1993) 2 exemplares
The House With 9 Rooms (2011) 2 exemplares
Peto (2000) 2 exemplares
Tags (HarperTeen Impulse) (2013) 2 exemplares
Monster - Activity Pack (2005) 1 exemplar
The magic forest 1 exemplar
Sg Fallen Angels W/Conn (2001) 1 exemplar
The Cruisers 1 exemplar
The glory field 1 exemplar
the outsider 1 exemplar
18 pine st. 1 exemplar
Monstrul 1 exemplar
Potwor (2021) 1 exemplar
The Golden Serpent 1 exemplar
The Diary (18 Pine Street) (1994) 1 exemplar

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 572 exemplares
Fresh Ink: An Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 362 exemplares
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuidor — 341 exemplares
Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 316 exemplares
Guys Read: Thriller (2011) — Contribuidor — 315 exemplares
When I Was Your Age, Volume One: Original Stories About Growing Up (1996) — Contribuidor — 222 exemplares
Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court (2011) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Every Man for Himself: Ten Original Stories About Being a Guy (2005) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope (2001) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Necessary Noise: Stories About Our Families as They Really Are (2003) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
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Conhecimento Comum



Monster by Walter Dean Myer em EDE3343 Teaching Adol Lit MS Sp 2012 (Janeiro 2012)


Representation: Black characters
Trigger warnings: Murder, imprisonment, physical assault and injury, blood depiction, drug use mentioned
Score: Six points out of ten.
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I saw Monster displayed on the shelves of a library I went to so after I read another book, I immediately seized the opportunity to get it by picking it up. Afterwards, I read Monster, but when I finished it, I thought it had flaws that forced me to lower its rating. Maybe the original text will be a better reading experience for me.

It starts with the first person I see, Steve Harmon, who is arrested and awaiting trial for a murder accusation. He finds an opportunity to live through that journey like it is a movie, and thus the court case begins. There are some flashbacks to explain what happened before the police arrested Steve like the other characters who committed a robbery and, most prominently, the murder of a person. Despite Monster being under 200 pages, it still felt slow paced, allowing me to see the flaws, of which there are many. Why is the art black and white? I can understand that to be intentional, but I would've liked it if the art was full colour. The characters were hard to connect or relate with and the font was hard to read, dampening my reading experience. The conclusion petered out as the legal drama comes to an end.
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Law_Books600 | 24 outras críticas | Feb 26, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book. I liked the journal entries better than the film script parts though. Maybe that was because I read it too fast; I don't know. But I can say I have never read a novel like this before.
Dances_with_Words | 348 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2024 |
I read the original version first (the non graphic novel). I like the idea of this as a graphic novel, but after reading this I think the original book was a better format. The story is impactful in both formats, but I think it works better in the original.
Dances_with_Words | 24 outras críticas | Jan 6, 2024 |
This is a book about a school assignment. Sounds boring, right? Well, I think it managed to be as interesting as a book about a school assignment can be. See, there are these 8th graders: Zander, Kambui, Bobbi and LaShonda, collectively known as "The Cruisers" after an alternative school newspaper they produce. The Cruisers, all of them smart but unmotivated when it comes to school, are assigned to play the role of peacekeepers in a kind of mock Civil War going on at their school. The kids playing the part of the Confederacy take things too far, to the point where they offend people, especially the African-American students. Zander (who narrates the book) is one of the few black students at the school and the lead peacekeeper, so it ends up falling to him to put the Confederacy students in their place.

Zander has a unique way of putting things when he's trying to argue his point. For example, he won't get into a fight if he can't see the "win" in it. He keeps his cool as tempers flare over accusations of racism and arguments about free speech, so we get a pretty thoughtful, if slightly detached, discussion of slavery, history, and middle school culture. I wondered as I read if the Confederacy students really were purposely offensive, or if they were just callous or naive, but that's not really the point of the book. The point is how to deal with complex, senstive issues once they've been raised.

The book includes editorial pieces from The Cruiser as well as the official school paper. As I said, it's almost entirely focused on the Civil War assignment, but we do get to learn a little about the Cruisers' home lives. The parts with Zander and his actress mother were nice breaks from the school drama. I've heard there will be three other books to follow, probably one from the perspective of each Cruiser. Will they give up their lackadaisical attitude towards school by the end of the series? Maybe that's not the point...
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LibrarianDest | 9 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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