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A final important theme is that of race and the justice system. There
is a sense that because Steve is young and black, he is “more likely”
to have committed the crime in the eyes of the jurors. There is also the
sense that if he has been arrested, he must have done it, because the
police and the prosecution witnesses wouldn’t lie.
The mood is very dark and filled with despair as we see Steve learn
to cope with what may be the outcome of this trial. The mood doesn’t even
change in the end, although he is acquitted, because he now must face
the realization that his life is changed forever and that he doesn’t really
know who he is anymore.
Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When he was a baby, his mother died and his father, who was extremely poor, felt it was best to give him to a foster family (The Deans) in New York (Harlem) that could care for him. As a child, Walter developed a great love for literature and poetry. He found reading books to be a way to escape to foreign lands and adventures outside of his own life. He loved the public library and spend much of his time there.
Walter had a speech problem, and though he was a good student, he dealt with this issue by being aggressive. In 1954, he dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Army when he was 17. After the Army, he worked several menial jobs and wrote at nights. He began writing articles for magazines and advertising. He heard of a contest by the Council on Interracial Books for Children and he entered his first book and won. That book was Where Does the Day Go? Summary
He has written many award winning young adult novels and continues to write prolifically. He has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to young adult literature and is a five time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award.
His many titles include Shooter; Bad Boy; A Memoir: Malcolm X;
Hoops; A Fire Burning Brightly, the Caldecott Honor Book Harlem,
and the Newbery Honor Books Scorpions and Somewhere in the
Darkness. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and three
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Coretta Scott King Award
National Book Award Finalist
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