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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0439368448
ISBN-13: 9780439368445
Sku: 225056486
Publish Date: 5/1/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  176
Age Range:  15 to 19
Myers delivers a humorous, action-packed historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance. OMyers''s humorous coming-of-age story reflects the paradoxically playful yet dangerous atmosphere of the 1920s.O--"Publishers Weekly."
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Walter Dean Myers delivers a humorous, action-packed historical novel set during the Harlem Renaissance.

It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a 16-year-old with a summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz band (they need the practice), but is urged by his parents to get a job. As an assistant at THE CRISIS, a magazine for the "new Negro," Mark rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's invited to a party at Alfred Knopf's place. He's making money, but not enough, and when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.

During the sweltering summer of 1925, 16-year-old Mark Purvis has the experience of a lifetime in New York City as he tries to break into jazz, meets the Harlem Renaissance greats, and works for W.E.B. DuBois's magazine, THE CRISIS. Throw in a bootlegging operation and Mark's enthusiastic nature, and Walter Dean Myers's story comes vividly alive.
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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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Press
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