Prolific Author Walter Dean Myers Passes Away At 76

Published On July 3, 2014 | By Admin | The latest posts, Uncategorized, What's happening right now

Walter Dean Myers, the author of more than 100 young adult and children books, died yesterday. He was 76 years old.

“Walter’s many award-winning books do not shy away from the sometimes gritty truth of growing up,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books. “He wrote books for the reader he once was, books he wanted to read when he was a teen. He wrote with heart and he spoke to teens in a language they understood. For these reasons, and more, his work will live on for a long, long time,”

“Fallen Angel,” “Lockdown,” and the 1999 New York Times bestseller “Monster,” are a few examples of Myers depictions of young African Americans grappling with issues like incarceration, war, and coming of age through literature. He wrote books about the most difficult time in his own life—his teenage years—for the reader he once was; these were the books that he wished were available when he was that age.

Myers was born in West Virginia but raised by foster parents in Harlem after the death of his mother. Walter wrote well in high school and one teacher, who recognized his talent but also knew he was going to drop out, told him to keep on writing, no matter what—”It’s what you do,” she said. Myers did drop out of high school and at the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Army. Years later, after his safe return home and while working a construction job, Walter would remember this teacher’s advice. He started writing again, and he didn’t stop.

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