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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0439916267
ISBN-13: 9780439916264
Sku: 213821196
Publish Date: 8/1/2010
Pages:  126
Age Range:  14 to 18
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Zander and his friends start their own newspaper, "The Cruiser." When the school launches a mock Civil War, Zander and his friends are forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause.
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Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.
A group of friends with failing grades are struggling to keep their heads above water at a school for the gifted in Harlem. Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi have limited time to make a comeback or they're going to get kicked out by the nasty Assistant Principal, Mr. Culpepper. Tasked with being the mediators for a Civil War debate between kids representing the Confederacy and the Union, the quartet discovers just how complicated the politics of the Civil War were. Their answer is to start a paper called The Cruiser to give them a voice in the midst of the chaos. Exploring the heated topics of race and politics, this is the first book in the Cruisers series by noted children's book author Walter Dean Myers.
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 attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0126
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Press
Product attributeSeries Part:   01
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