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The author of the book: Walter Dean Myers
Edition: Scholastic Press
Date of issue: July 28th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780545828765
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.84 MB
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Bestselling and award-winning author Walter Dean Myers' third book in his acclaimed NEWS CREW series, featuring a group of underdogs who happen to be overachievers.
An alternative school newspaper published by Zander and his crew is alive and well. And now there's plenty to report on when LaShonda steps into the spotlight with her costume designs for an upcoming play. LaShonda's designs get rave reviews, but she soon learns that show business is filled with challenges and choices. LaShonda is forced to consider what's more important--fame, or loyalty to her autistic brother. Whether she gets a standing ovation or the curtain pulled down on her is up to LaShonda. And she can't help but wonder if her friends have got her back and will be there for her whether she's center stage or waiting in the wings.
With signature humor and thought-provoking questions, Walter Dean Myers's acclaimed series once again delivers a whip-quick story that will keep readers at the edge of their seats, and have them applauding after the drama ends on the book's last page.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College. He wrote full time after 1977.
Walter wrote from childhood, first finding success in 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest, which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go?, by Parent's Magazine Press. He published over seventy books for children and young adults. He received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times. Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors. He was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award. For one of his books, Monster, he received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.
In addition to the publication of his books, Walter contributed to educational and literary publications. He visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
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