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Walter Dean Myers
Myers at the Library of Congress in 2001
|Born||Walter Milton Myers
August 12, 1937
Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||July 1, 2014
Manhattan, New York City
|Genre||Young adult novels, nonfiction, poetry|
|Notable awards||Margaret Edwards Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Walter Dean Myers (born Walter Milton Myers; August 12, 1937 – July 1, 2014) was an American novelist. He wrote children's books and young adult literature. He wrote over one hundred books including picture books and non-fiction. He won the Coretta Scott King Award for African-American authors five times. His works inlcuded Hoops (1983), Fallen Angels (1988) and Monster (1999).
- The Life of a Harlem Man, illustrated by Gene Riarti (Parents Magazine Press, 1968)
- Where Does a Day Go?, illustrated by Leo Carty (Parents Magazine, 1968)
- The Dancers, illustrated by Anne Rockwell (Parents Magazine, 1972)
- The Dragon Takes a Wife, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi (Bobbs-Merrill, 1972)
- Fly, Jimmy, Fly!, illustrated by Moneta Barnett (Putnam, 1974)
- Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff (Viking Press, 1975)
- Social Welfare (Franklin Watts, 1976)
- Victory for Jamie (Scholastic Books, 1977)
- Mojo and the Russians (Viking, 1977)
- Brainstorm, illustrated with photographs by Chuck Freedman (Franklin Watts, 1977)
- It Ain't All for Nothin' (Viking, 1978)
- The Young Landlords (Viking, 1979) – a group of kids take over an apartment building and struggle to maintain it.
- The Golden Serpent, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen (Viking, 1980)
- The Black Pearl and the Ghost; or, One Mystery after Another, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (Viking, 1980). Mindless Behavior
- The Legend of Tarik (Viking, 1981)
- Hoops (Delacorte Press, 1981) – a basketball player tries not to end up
- Won't Know Till I Get There (Viking, 1982) – young boys are forced to work in a retirement home
- Tales of a Dead King (William Morrow and Company, 1983)
- The Nicholas Factor (Viking, 1983)
- Motown and Didi: A Love Story (Viking, 1984) – a young couple's love story, and their struggle living in Harlem.
- Mr. Monkey and the Gotcha Bird, illustrated by Leslie Morrill (Delacorte, 1984)
- The Outside Shot (Delacorte, 1984) – a talented Harlem basketball player goes to college to play
- Crystal (1987) – a girl want to be a young fashion model
- Fallen Angels (1988) – about young men in the army during the Vietnam war
- Scorpions (1990) – a 12-year-old is asked to lead his brother's gang
- The Mouse Rap (1990) – a 14-year-old is determined to find the loot from a 1930s bank heist.
- Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom (1992)
- The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner (1994)
- Darnell Rock Reporting (1994) – a 13-year-old boy joins the school newspaper.
- Malcolm X – By Any Means Necessary (Scholastic, 1994)
- The Glory Field (1994) – a family's account of their struggle in America from the 18th century to the 1990s.
- Shadow of the Red Moon (1995)
- Slam (1998) – a young black teen with an attitude problem deals with life on and off the basketball court.
- Monster (1999) – a 16-year-old black boy is charged with murder.
- We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins – a World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944 (1999)– featuring the invasion of Normandy
- 145th Street: Short Stories (2001)
- Greatest: Muhammad Ali (2001)
- Bad Boy; A Memoir (2001) – Myers' life as a young boy growing up in 1940s Harlem (part of the Amistad Series)
- Handbook for Boys: A Novel (2003)
- Somewhere in the Darkness (2003) – a young boy travels to Arkansas with a father who did not raise him
- Thanks & Giving: All year long (2004)
- Shooter (2004) – two friends of a school shooter give an account of him to the police
- The Beast (2003) – a 17-year-old boy comes back to his home in Harlem from his boarding school to find that the girl he loves is using drugs
- Autobiography of My Dead Brother (1998) – a 14-year-old boy copes with life in Harlem by drawing.
- Street Love (2006) – poetic novel of a romance in Harlem
- What They Found: Love on 145th Street (2007)
- Harlem Summer (2007)
- Game (2008)
- Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008) – sequel to Fallen Angels, taking place in the Iraq War
- Dopesick (2009) – a teenager kills a policeman, and must contemplate his future
- Riot (2009) – fictional account of the New York Draft Riots in 1863, during the American Civil War, by the 15-year-old daughter of a black man and an Irish immigrant
- Amiri & Odette (2009) – the classic Swan Lake ballet recast in hip-hop verse
- Lockdown (2010)
- Sunrise Over Fallujah (2010)
- Kick (2011), by Myers and Ross Workman
- The Cruisers (2011)
- We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier (2011)
- The Cruisers Checkmate (2012)
- The Cruisers Book 3 A Star is Born (2012)
- Darius & Twig (2013)
- Invasion (2013) – prequel to Fallen Angels
- Juba! (2015) - A fictionalized history of William Henry Lane a.k.a Master Juba, a dancer who lived in the mid 1800s and his life and dance career in New York City and London.
- The Baddest Dog in Harlem (unknown)
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