Friday, January 9, 2009

What They Found: Love on 145th Street (2009)

Walter Dean Myers has writen many fantastic books such as Monster and Fallen Angels. A more recent addition to his list of hits is this collection of short stories about young people from Harlem. A teenager with a baby sees herself in a new light when an artist paints her picture. A young man learns a valuable lesson on his way to buying a gun. Another young woman gets a chance to be spotted by a college scout by playing in a men's game. A young man wants to buy his son a birthday present and holds up a lady in an alteration shop. What all of these stories have in common is Harlem. What we learn from the stories is how desperate life is and how life does go on.

I recommend this book to everyone. Hope and love are hard to find but the people in these stories are given small gifts that could lead to better lives. They show that we all may be so lucky and need to pay attention to what's happening around us every day.

My rating for this book: +++++

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