Carmen : An Urban Adaptation of the Opera (Hardcover)

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Intense and gritty, the latest young adult novel from award-winning, critically acclaimed author Myers updates Bizet''s opera with a hot, urban beat.


Publisher Egmont USA
Mfg Part# 9781606841150
SKU 215320692
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1606841157
Release Date 8/13/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Author Info
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.
From the Publisher
Annotation The famous opera has been brilliantly re-imagined here, taken from 19th-century Spain and set in modern-day Spanish Harlem. Strong-minded and sexy, Carmen finds herself falling for Jose. He's definitely not like most of the boys in her neighborhood, much more straight-laced, though quick to anger. But when she meets Escamillo, a rap star who wears many other hats, Carmen is immediately drawn to him, leaving Jose. He's not happy about this, and is determined to get her back. At the same time, Carmen's involved in something that could go easily wrong. Trouble is brewing, and Carmen is at the center of it all. Walter Dean Myers is the author of numerous, critically acclaimed young adult novels, including MONSTER.
Editors Note Into the summer heat of New York’s Spanish Harlem strides Carmen, a chica who is as hot as the sizzling city streets. When she first meets José, she falls for him hard. He’s not like the gansta types she knows—tipo duros who are tough, who think they are players. But José has a quick temper, and he likes to get his own way. And nobody gets in Carmen’s way. When Escamillo rolls into town, everyone takes notice of the Latino Jay-Z—a quadruple-threat singer/rapper/producer/businessman. But he only notices one person—Carmen. And Carmen has given up on José—he’s not going to get her out of her tough neighborhood, el barrio, and into the action. Escamillo will. But José won’t let that happen. Passion, love, and betrayal explode into tragedy in this modern retelling of an enduring love story.  "...this concentrated dose of high drama is full of sharp repartee and would make a lively classroom read-aloud." - Publisher's Weekly
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