The story of “the other Wes Moore” is one that the author couldn’t get out of his mind, not since he learned that another boy with his name—just two years his senior—grew up in the same Baltimore neighborhood. He wrote that boy—now a man—a letter, not expecting to receive a reply. But a reply came, and a friendship grew, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know each other. Eventually, that friendship became the inspiration for Discovering Wes Moore, a moving and cautionary tale examining the factors that contribute to success and failure—and the choices that make all the difference.
Two men. One overcame adversity. The other suffered the indignities of poverty. Their stories are chronicled in Discovering Wes Moore, a book for young people based on Wes Moore’s bestselling adult memoir, The Other Wes Moore.
Includes an 8-page photo insert.
Praise for Discovering Wes Moore
“Moore wisely opens the door for teens to contemplate their own answers and beliefs, while laying out his own experiences honestly and openly.”—Publishers Weekly
“He argues earnestly and convincingly that young people can overcome the obstacles in their lives when they make the right choices and accept the support of caring adults.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author 1
Chapter 1 For Keeps 5
Chapter 2 Courtside in the Bronx 19
Chapter 3 The Chameleon 29
Chapter 4 Kid Kupid's Last Strike 41
Chapter 5 Plebe 57
Chapter 6 Refuge 71
Chapter 7 Airborne 81
Chapter 8 Full Circle 93
Chapter 9 Watende 103
Chapter 10 The Other Wes Moore 113
Chapter 11 The Return 135