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ERIC Number: ED359564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Now Is Their Time! Adolescents Learn Skills and Values through Walter Dean Myers' Books.
Duncan, Patricia; McLeod, Alan
Walter Dean Myers has gained distinction as an insightful and entertaining writer of imaginative adolescent literature that breaks stereotypes, tells stories of Blacks as people with complex dimension, and redefines the images of African Americans. Myers has written historical works, biography, novels for adolescents, plays, historical fiction, and mystery adventure. He is noted for: the emphasis he places on positive characters while overlooking neither negative ones nor reality; the range of dialects in his dialog; the different aspects of "coming of age" he addresses; and the manner in which he presents characters making choices. In contrast to stereotypical images of inner city African-American males, Myers presents a number of fathers who are positive role models. He is important not so much for the range of his writing as for presenting the story of African Americans in realistic but hopeful ways. Myers' message to young adults seems to be: discover your strengths, be proud of who you are and be responsible for your actions. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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