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The Cruisers

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

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Summary
Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.
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"
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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 Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014. Cruisers series.
Subjects Freedom of speech Fiction
Race relations Fiction
Newspapers Fiction
Schools Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Middle schools Fiction
Freedom of speech Juvenile fiction
Race relations Juvenile fiction
Newspapers Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Inc.2011
2011
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780545347556
9780545347556
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