Autobiography of My Dead Brother (Paperback)
|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|
From the Publisher:
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.
"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