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Presenting Walter Dean Myers
Bishop, Rudine Sims.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1990 [that is, c1991]

Physical Description:
xii, 123 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Series statement from jacket.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library PS3563.Y48 Z57 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Frank E. Merriweather Library PS3563.Y48 Z57 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12. The latest in Twayne's YA authors series does more than reiterate published reviews of Myers' books. Beginning with some biographical notes, it is a thoughtful consideration of his work that concentrates on comparison and contrast. While not putting down Myers' mystery-adventure novels ("fluff," as Myers calls them), Bishop, a professor of education at Ohio State and author of Shadow and Substance: Afro-American Experience in Contemporary Children's Literature, hones in on the more serious of Myer's books, focusing on their portrayal of the culture and identity of black urban adolescents. She draws frequent links between characters and identifies recurrent themes within the novels, also providing excellent insight into how Myers effectively uses black vernacular. To a lesser extent, she examines how he leavens serious intent with humor. Myers' commitment to social issues comes clear in her discussion; less apparent is a sense of his personality and enthusiasm. Still, teens familiar with the novels will be intrigued enough by Bishop's astute observations to follow along. Notes, bibliography, and index appended. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

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