I'm always happy to read a new Walter Dean Myers book. The author has yet to disappoint me. His latest novel, "Darius and Twig" is stylistically familiar-- real, heartfelt and gritty, a bit less grit than usual. Also familiar is the thought I get when I read a Myers' story, the thought that reading this story could be so helpful and clarifying to some reader. I want to keep a spare copy in my purse or trunk so that I can whip it out when necessary and announce "Hello!! Please read this before you....
well, just read it before you finalize those plans for your life!"
The story goes like this:
Darius and Twig are teenage boys living in Harlem.They are best friends, have been for a long time. Darius writes. Twig runs. Darius' story, with a few tweaks, might be published. Twigs recent wins have earned attention from scouts. Both boys are blessed with talent and seemingly damned by circumstance. After all, what good is talent really when your grades are down because your family is suffering OR if bullies are beating you down because you have talent OR if the right thing to do seems to be to drop everything and work to help the family.
Is there another way?
What is their truth?
In 2012, Walter Dean Myers was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and he writes great! /mk