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For Zander and his crew, life is a high-stakes game worth playing. In this second book of The Cruisers series, the term ?gifted and talented? takes on a whole new meaning for Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi ? a group of misfits who attend Da Vinci Academy, a school in Harlem for only the brightest kids. Their friend Sidney Aronofsky is considered one of the best chess players in the city. When Sidney is arrested for trying to buy drugs, it comes as a shock to those who know him, especially the Cruisers. Sidney loves chess, but the pressure never lets up, and he wants out. The kids? school newspaper, The Cruiser, and Sidney''s passion for coded messages may be the only outlets they have for expressing themselves in the face of tough decisions that could change them forever. With piercing insight, acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers gives middle school boys and girls a book about what really matters ? friends who?ve got your back when it''s time to make your move.
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
Four middle-schoolers who publish an alternative newspaper at their Harlem academy for gifted students investigate why a classmate--one of the best chess players in New York City--was caught trying to buy drugs.