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Darius & Twig

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Format: Kindle Book 2013 2013
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Summary
"Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Darius and Twig have been best friends since they were 9. Now 16, the two dream of finding a world beyond the confines of their daily lives on 145th Street in Harlem. Certainly, their talents are on their side: Darius is a highly intelligent writer, and Twig is a gifted runner. But are the two free to use their gifts? A story Darius has written has been accepted by a college journal contingent on his making editorial changes. Must he give up his singular voice to conform to an editor? As for Twig, are his gifts as a runner being exploited by an unscrupulous adult for personal gain? In his imagination, Darius is his alter ego a falcon flying to impossible heights. But in real life, he and Twig are the targets of mindless bullies who seek to drag them down to their miserable level. Will the friends ultimately be able to soar, or will they remain earthbound victims of their circumstances? Myers has written another gritty, suspenseful, street-smart novel with a viscerally real setting in which young men must struggle to overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves. In the process, they become the heroes of their own lives and surely will inspire their readers to seek to do the same. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A large-scale promotion tied to Myers' appointment as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature will likely expand the already enormous audience for this title.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Printz winner Myers (Monster) delivers another excellent character-driven novel, this time focusing on the strength and encouragement that come from a trusted friendship. Harlem teenager Darius, a writer, wants to get out of his neighborhood and make it to college, but his grades aren't good enough. He's hoping that if he can get a story published, he might nab a college scholarship. His best friend Twig is a track star, and sees athletics as his escape. Both are skeptical of the hype they are fed about how hard work pays off, and they face obstacles ranging from school bullies and unsupportive parents to indifferent educators and classmates who don't want others "to get away from the crappy little universes they had created for themselves." Myers homes in on the intimacy between Twig and Darius and their struggles at writing and racing, without letting the oppressiveness of their neighborhood or their home lives either fade to the background or into cliche. Ages 13-up. Agent: Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Best friends Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Authorship Fiction
Running Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Dominican Americans Fiction
Best friends Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Authorship Juvenile fiction
Running Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Dominican Americans Juvenile fiction
African American Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Electronic books.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins2013
2013
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Darius and Twig
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 730
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062209252
9780062209252
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