Monthly Archives: August 2012

Review of Lockdown

Fifteen-year-old Reese narrates his experiences and innermost thoughts while he is locked up in a juvenile detention center. Just as in Myers’s Monster, the reader is privy to the fears, regrets, longings, and anger of this very sympathetic character. This is the first WDM book I’ve read that included an “f-bomb”. Other than that, I would recommend this hopeful and redemptive story for middle school students.

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Getting Started

I still haven’t received Where Does the Day Go? Fortunately, the ebook Lockdown became available through the library, so I have started that. This one has a pretty rough edge since the main character is incarcerated in a juvenile detention center. I will be reviewing it very soon.Image

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Found it!

A quick check of the Plainfield Public Library holdings showed 79 items authored by Myers, however that list did not include this one. With the library closed for renovations until August 20th, I would have to wait anyway.  Luckily,  I found it right away on Amazon for under $2.00.

I turned to the e-book listings, and there are four titles. Three of them I’ve read already (Monster, Bad Boy, and Scorpions) and the fourth (Lockdown) has a waiting list. Guess I’ll just have to wait to begin my Myers Marathon! 

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Welcome, Walter Dean Myers fans!

ImageLast week, I attended the Teachers College Summer Reading Institute, at which the great writer Walter Dean Myers spoke. Earlier in the day, a colleague mentioned that she was unfamiliar with Myers, and asked me to name some of his books. I rattled off a half-dozen or so titles, but I knew there were many more that I couldn’t recall. In his remarks, Myers told us that he has written 105 books (well, really 112, but seven of them haven’t been published)! One hundred and five! I knew the man was prolific, but I hadn’t realized the full extent of his work. So, I’ve decided to fill in the gaps of my experience and tackle the entire Walter Dean Myers catalogue. 

According to his website, Myers’s earliest work is Where Does the Day Go? published in 1969. I’ll see if I can find it.

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