For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.
Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.
About the Author
Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, New York Times bestselling author of Monster, and winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. The critically acclaimed author of Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, Game, Street Love, The Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Handbook for Boys, and Bad Boy, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. Walter's novel shooter is the inspiration for the film Case 219.
His latest picture-book collaboration with his son, Christopher Myers, We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, is a love letter to the United States that reimagines what it means to be an American. Visit www.who-is-america.com to find out more!
Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.
Praise for Kick…
“Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted lives—Myers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope.”
-New York Times
Praise for Lockdown:“A moving tale of a kid who may have made a mistake but who still deserves the modest future he seeks. Refreshingly avoids cliché.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Praise for Lockdown:“Masterful.”
Praise for Lockdown:“Myers creates a nuanced, realistic portrait of a teen dealing with incarceration and violence. Myers gets his voice just right.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers:“Using both harsh realism and a dose of the fantastic, Myers will leave readers with plenty to think about.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers:“Rich, nuanced.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Game:“Expertly realized.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)