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Book
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Title:
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Description:
201 pages ; 19 cm
Summary:
"Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem"-- Provided by publisher.
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LCCN:
2012050678
ISBN:
9780061728235 (hardcover bdgs)
0061728233 (hardcover bdgs)
9780061728242 (lb bdgs)
0061728241 (lb bdgs)
9780061728235
0061728233
Other Number:
813910438
System Availability:
8
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
8
Control Number:
994900
Call Number:
[Fic]
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
7
# System items in:
7
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Characters
Darius (Male), Writer, Escapes from life using his alter ego; friends with Twig
Twig (Male), Middle-distance runner struggling for success;
Genre
Young adult fiction
Didactic
Inspirational
Topics
Friendship
Dreams
Teenagers
Writers
Bullies
Abusive relationships
Runners
Sports
Setting
Harlem, New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Printz winner Myers (Monster) delivers another excellent character-driven novel, this time focusing on the strength and encouragement that come from a trusted friendship. Harlem teenager Darius, a writer, wants to get out of his neighborhood and make it to college, but his grades aren't good enough. He's hoping that if he can get a story published, he might nab a college scholarship. His best friend Twig is a track star, and sees athletics as his escape. Both are skeptical of the hype they are fed about how hard work pays off, and they face obstacles ranging from school bullies and unsupportive parents to indifferent educators and classmates who don't want others "to get away from the crappy little universes they had created for themselves." Myers homes in on the intimacy between Twig and Darius and their struggles at writing and racing, without letting the oppressiveness of their neighborhood or their home lives either fade to the background or into cliche. Ages 13-up. Agent: Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Darius A supersmart writer. His two escapes: his alter ego, Fury, a peregrine falcon; and hanging out with Twig. Darius thinks Twig could go far as a top-notch runner. But Darius isn't 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's the only one to beat. Darius & Twig Best friends. They need to navigate their Harlem world: the gangs, the bullies, an absent dad, an abusive uncle, the sleazy side of sports, the uncertainty of an artist's prospects. And they need to figure out how to grow up together, but apart. Author Walter Dean Myers says, "You cannot live someone else's dream. Darius & Twig is about needing to live your own dream."
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