Bad Boy

Bad Boy

by Walter Dean Myers


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New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers traveled back to his roots in this memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable. Don’t miss this memoir by a former National Ambassador of Books for Young People!

As a boy, Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously—he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer (and he eventually succeeded).

But as his hope 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 to his books for comfort.

Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the most important voices of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064472883
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 37,722
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was 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.

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Bad Boy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 140 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gonna read it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and you will love this story and this one it is very funny :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the book if you like books that are based on older times you will like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ausome book i love it
Tricia_Pless More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing cover brought me to a not such an interesting book. A story about Walter Dean Myer talks about the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s/1950s. He loved home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the livelihood of his neighborhood. Although, Myer spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was an eager reader and a hopeful writer. But as his picture for a successful future weakened, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed insignificant, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. It had a reoccurring theme over growing; learning and growing. For example, when he has to understand hitting someone when they make fun of his speech impediment is not always the right thing to do, and most the time get's him in trouble, but the right thing to do is to just ask them to stop. Even though I did not find the book to be as interesting as I hoped, it was new to learn about someone like Myer to me. His obstacles and ways of overcoming them are unique to what I have seen in my life. It could be the different cultures and times we grew up in or just show how different people can truly be. Much otherwise it was not more than average, not very intriguing, and didn't keep me hooked to want to keep reading. It truly depends on what you like to whether or not you should read this book, for me, not a first pick. But for someone who enjoys history and biography's, this might be your cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can reate to some of the things he went through. Its a very nice memoir, if you get past the fact that its a memoir...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are all a bunch of idiots this was an amazing book habe some respect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow a hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers, the author of 'Bad Boy', wrote a great story about him and his life that he has lived. A young boy growing up in Harlem who has a love for reading and writing. Growing up he has always wanted to become a writer and now he is the author of many great books. Bad Boy was a great life story about Walter Dean myers and learning about his experiences and adventures was great. He went through tough times and good times and came out successful. This book inspired me to do what i need to do to get by in life and work hard for what you believe in. I'm a senior in high school about to graduate or at least i hope so. I fell behind in a class and now i need to work harder to pass. Reading this book during the class has really pushed me to do my work and get everything done that i need to. I recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble in their life. Reading about a man who grew up knowing what he wanted to do in his life and then becomming successful with it is an absolute amazing goal to achieve and i respect Walter Dean Myers a lot.
J.Rod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Autobiography shows how Walter struggled on his way to be a men, he had to choose from right and wrong to succeed. Walter also wanted to do the best to be a good man and succeed. Walter was also a great writer, Everyone always likes to hear about a kid growing up black in Harlem, and the struggles of a family trying to do their very best to take out a good living life. Once he was disgusted of how he was living life and so then he remembered a fellow teacher back in elementary school that once told him, ¿Whatever you do don¿t stop writing¿. Walter Didn¿t stop he wrote a book and then became an award winning author. I recommend this book because it shows how people lived life back then and also how little money they had to survive the hard times, I also recommend it because it shows how hard working was Walter to succeed
cassiusclay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
personal response: After reading about his life, particularly his early childhood, I am amazed Walter Dean Myers is still alive. He sounds like he took a lot of stupid risks as a kid. Overall, it was nice to see where he came from and how he became the person that wrote wonderful stories like Monster. When he describes his friend throwing away a stack of comic books every month I cringed. How could someone do that? I wonder what treasures were discarded.curricular connections:a must to include in an author study. reflection of mid-20th century domestic history
BGMSTeachers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For older students who get in trouble a lot, this autobiography by Walter Dean Myers has good lessons about rising above what you have been dealt and moving on. Boys who have been in trouble like this book.
CircusTrain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q - some sentiments and descriptions are well beyond most of the YA range, although very beautifully rendered, and with a naked honesty that is deeply touching.3P - sadly, this is not likely to appeal to mainstream YA very strongly, although it really does deserve to.
snash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting memoir recounting the difficulties of growing up smart and black, both adding to his sense of alienation. Writing simple and straightforward which nonetheless left me anxiously anticipating what would happen next. Includes good depictions of Harlem in the 1940's and 50's.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
7th grade novel experience.
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I hit my period today
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I think it is a really good book
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