A dark and depressing story about bullying and violence.
Artemis Bonner sets out to avenge his uncle’s murder and claim his treasure in the Wild West.
Students at an elite school struggle with the pressures that come from family and friends.
Jesse and his “blood brother” Rise struggle to find out who they are and where they belong. This is a stark and sad story of neighborhood violence, peppered throughout with equally stark drawings by Christopher Myers, the author’s son.
This still stands as my favorite WDM work. Written as a screenplay interspersed with notes or journal entries, it is the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and faces murder charges as a result.
Jimmy’s father shows up out of nowhere after nine years, and takes him from his home in Harlem with Mama Jean to Chicago, where he has “work”. On the trip, Jimmy learns about his father and himself.