Bad Boy

A Memoir
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100029985
Released: Feb 22, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780060839161
Narrator/s: Joe Morton
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Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children's and young adult literature today.

Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Original Publish Date: Feb 22, 2005

All formats/editions

Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Product Number EB00231388
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: #9780061974939
Teacher's Guide
Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Product Number 44096
Released: Dec 01, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419347252
Text - Paperback
Author(s): Walter Dean Myers
Product Number 13669
Released: Mar 15, 2002
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780064472883

Professional reviews

"The world knows Myers as a gifted black writer. In BAD BOY, he tells us about growing up in Harlem in the 1950s. Though he was athletic and energetic, he also had a passion for reading. Secretly he haunted libraries, reading stories, poems, even philosophy as he hunted for his voice. That, even more than fighting and basketball, defined who he was. Acclaimed actor Joe Morton reads Myers's transition from "bad boy" to writer as if it were fiction. His voice is tight, sharp, at times attacking the reader, at times laughing at the ironies and complexities of growing up in Harlem. Above all, Morton makes sure we hear Myers's crisp prose. For young writers unsure of how or where to find their own voices, Myers points the way. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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