145th Street : short stories

by Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014,

Format: Print Book [2012]
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN PAPERBACK Myers
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Fiction TEEN PAPERBACK Myers
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Teen Fiction
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Fiction TEEN PAPERBACK Myers
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN PAPERBACK Myers

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

New Bonus Content:
-Q&A with Walter Dean Myers
-Teaser chapter from On a Clear Day
-Excerpt from Hoops

The first week of his senior year, everything changed. That's when Mack met Kitty. She hadn't finished the sonnet she wrote for him, but she had finished Mack. From that minute on, he was stupid in love.

That's just Kitty and Mack.

But everybody on the block has a story to tell.

A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who starts having prophetic dreams after her father is killed, and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he's still around to enjoy it. Some of these stories are private, and some are the ones behind the headlines. In each one, characters jump off the page and pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5.

Big Joe's funeral
The baddest dog in Harlem
Angela's eyes
The streak
Kitty and Mack : a love story
A Christmas story
A story in three parts
Block party, 145th Street style.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5^-9. Rooted in a Harlem neighborhood, these short stories mix anger and laughter, music and melancholy. Violence is a constant and so is love, with surprises that grow right out of the daily lives of the people who live on the block. There's the uproarious farce about Big Joe, who organizes his funeral so he can enjoy it while he's still alive; but even before the party's over, there's real trouble on the street. In the best story, "Monkeyman," a brave teen stands up to the Tigros gang. There's some wary community support, but the Tigros get him in the end; he barely survives the stabbing, and nothing much changes with the gangs, the drugs, or the occasionally violent police ("It was all so scary. All so sad"). A few stories are sentimental, but the best of them, told in a teenager's casual voice, are fast, wry, and honest ("You know what I mean?"). There's the smart kid who needs to put "some serious distance" between himself and the hood; he says that Africa is his homeland, but he knows that he just wants to get away ("Uncle Duke said I could be more, but if I put Harlem out of my heart, I could end up being a lot less, too"). Teens are the dominant voices, but several stories are cross-generational, and though the time is now, the sense of history is strong. There are no heavy sermons or messages, but the search for personal identity is at the heart of this lyrical collection, and so is the sense of the place, where a guy alone on the corner plays a saxophone in the dark, "dealing with demons that needed to hear a tune." --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a kind of literary Rear Window, Myers (The Blues of Flats Brown, reviewed above) uses 10 short stories to create snapshots of a pulsing, vibrant community with diverse ethnic threads, through all of its ups and downs. Beginning with the tale of a wry character who stages his own funeral on a sweltering 4th of July to celebrate the money he has received from canceling his life insurance policy, Myers then follows with a chilling story of a cop shootout gone wrong. Many of the stories are told through the voices of witty, intelligent teens; Jamie Farrell, in particular, is a standout as he relates his changing luck in "The Streak" and makes other cameo appearances. But even the more poignant stories told in the third person--such as that of Billy Giles, a middling fighter hired by the local gym to make contenders look good, and "Angela's Eyes," infused with superstition, in which Angela possesses the ability to foresee death and destruction through her late father's eyes--keep an inviting, conversational tone. Myers creates an overall effect of sitting on the front stoop swapping stories of the neighborhood. Most readers will find that they could settle in for hours and take it all in. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :[2012]
Other Titles Short stories.
One Hundred Forty-Fifth Street
Language English
Description 151 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780307976109
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