DARIUS & TWIG
New York Times bestselling author of Monster and current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Walter Dean Myers, says, “You cannot live someone else’s dream. Darius & Twig is about needing to live your own dream.”
Darius is a writer, struggling to find his own way to stand out. Twig is Darius’s best friend, a runner, who has the means to fly but not necessarily the drive. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they will be stuck where they are forever in this touching and raw new teen novel from Walter Dean Myers. Darius: A super smart writer. His two escapes: his alter ego Fury, a peregrine falcon, and hanging out with Twig. Darius thinks Twig could follow in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis. But Darius is not so sure about himself. Is it possible for an artist’s life to lead anywhere? Twig: An outstanding middle distance runner. When Twig runs, he is the only one to beat. Darius & Twig: best friends. They need to navigate their Harlem world: the gangs, bullies, an absent dad, an abusive uncle, the seamy side of sports, the uncertainty of an artist’s prospects. And, they need to figure out how to grow up together, but apart. Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers has received every single major award in the field of children’s literature. He is the author of two Newbery Honor books and five Coretta Scott King Awardees. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was the 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people. You can visit him online at www.walterdeanmyers.net and www.who-is-america.com. Walter lives in Jersey City, NJ with his family.
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