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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060582936
ISBN-13: 9780060582937
Sku: 202434245
Publish Date: 11/1/2006
Pages:  212
Age Range:  College to UP
Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of his blood brother, Rise. Reprint. *Author: Myers, Walter Dean/ Myers, Christopher (ILT) *Publication Date: 2006/11/01 *Number of Pages: 224 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.25
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The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .

As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood plagued by drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops.

This intense, action-filled story examines the difficulty of two friends struggling to remain close as one turns towards the world of drug-dealing and violence. Fifteen-year-old Jesse, a burgeoning young artist, and 17-year-old Rise have been best friends, pretty much brothers, since they were little. Lately, Jesse feels that Rise is changing, and he's worried about the choices his friend is making. When Rise starts talking about dealing cocaine, Jesse has no idea what to do, and uses his art as an outlet. Will the tumultuous, frightening world of drugs and violence separate them forever? By Walter Dean Myers, author of the award-winning young adult novel MONSTER. Accompanied by B&W artwork by his son, award-winning children's illustrator Christopher Myers. A 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
Author Bio
Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers's mother died when he was young, leaving his father to raise eight children alone. When he was three, Walter was taken in by a nearby couple, Herbert and Florence Dean, who moved with him to Harlem, New York. A speech impediment contributed to his unhappy time in school, although he did love to read and write. When he was 16 he won a prize in an essay contest, which encouraged him to continue his writing although he eventually dropped out of school and joined the Army. Afterward, he held a series of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. His first book for children, WHERE DOES THE DAY GO?, was published in 1969 after it won a competition sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Myers has been awarded the Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contributions to young adult literature.


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"The innovative illustrated novel format is effective...Though the story is starkly realistic, there is always hope in the gifts of Jesse the artist and C.J. the musician, of schools and churches and of caring parents." 07/01/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   13
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0212
Product attributePublisher:   Amistad Press
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