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The Cruisers

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 14 Libraries 15 of 15 copies
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Braddock Carnegie Library Juvenile Fiction J F MYE
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Summary
Eighth grade is hard enough, but when you're a Cruiser, you're really put to the test. The launch of a new middle-grade series from bestselling award-winner Walter Dean Myers.

Zander and his friends, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi start their own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a means for speaking out, keeping the peace, and expressing what they believe. When the school launches a mock Civil War, Zander and his friends are forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause. The result is nothing they could have expected, and everything they could have hoped for.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Though it's a rather slim novel, the first in a presumed series, Myers' latest is a finely crafted look at smart, urban underachievers. Eighth-grader Zander Scott and his friends are known as the Cruisers in their Harlem school for gifted and talented kids, primarily for being fine with Cs and not into that heavy competition thing. They've also started an unofficial newspaper, The Cruiser, that isn't explicitly designed to ruffle the school administration's feathers but has a knack for it anyway. A project on the Civil War splits the class into Union and Confederate sympathizers, and the Cruisers are tasked with trying to mediate a peace. Tempers flare as the school (perhaps unrealistically) allows the project to progress a bit too far, but that gives the kids a chance to get creative in their responses to racial tensions. Anytime Myers steps to the plate, you know there's a chance he'll hit it out of the park. Although this book isn't the kind of towering shot he sometimes delivers, he legs it out by doing all the little things right: fleet pacing, a spot-on voice, good characters, great dialogue, smart ideas, and an unusual story that can maneuver whip-quick from light to heavy and right back again. An edifying book about wise kids stretching themselves without the sort of didacticism young readers are so good at sniffing out.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Four smart but underachieving students-Zander, LaShonda, Bobbi, and Kambui-at a Harlem school for the gifted and talented star in Myers's (Sunrise over Fallujah) thought-provoking if occasionally heavy-handed first installment of the Cruisers series. Giving the quartet one last chance to shape up, the assistant principal issues them a challenge: while the other eighth graders are divided into Union and Confederate sympathizers for a study project, the Cruisers (named after an alternative newspaper they produce) are charged with negotiating peace. Tensions and tempers flare when students writing as "the Sons of the Confederacy" contribute a pro-slavery editorial to the official school paper ("I mean, there I was, black from locks to 'Boks, from dreads to Keds, but I just didn't think much on it and now it was all up in my face," thinks Zander). Through Zander's levelheaded narration and editorials mostly written by the Cruisers, Myers explores freedom of speech, the role that race and the Constitution played in the 19th-century slavery debate, the moral implications of slavery, and the effectiveness of peaceful demonstration-a lot of food for thought for a slim novel. Ages 9-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Freedom of speech -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Newspapers -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2010
Language English
Description 126 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780439916332 (pbk. : alk. paper)
043991633X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780439916264 (alk. paper)
0439916267 (alk. paper)
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