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The cruisers

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Children's Fiction Collection j CD Myers
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Myers
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area j CD Myers
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Myers
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
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School is hard enough, but when you're misfits on a mission, you're really put to the test. The re-launch of a popular middle-grade series by Walter Dean Myers.

Zander and his crew are underdogs at DaVinci Academy, one of the best Gifted and Talented schools in Harlem. But even these kids who are known as losers can win by speaking up. When they start their own school newspaper, stuff happens. Big stuff. Loud stuff. Stuff nobody expects. Mr. Culpepper, the Assistant Principal and Chief Executioner, is ready to be rid of Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi--until they prove that their writing packs enough power to keep the peace and show what it means to stand up for a cause.

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
Series Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Freedom of speech -- Juvenile fiction.
Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Newspapers -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Freedom of speech -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Newspapers -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher Grand Haven, MI :Brilliance Audio,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Free, Kevin R.
Brilliance Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Performed by Kevin R. Free.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Description 2 audio discs (2 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781441863287 (Library ed.)
1441863281 (Library ed.)
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