What They Found
Love on 145th Street
By Walter Dean Myers
(Wendy Lamb Books, Paperback, 9780375845451, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
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WALTER DEAN MYERS returns to the world of 145th Street: Short Stories to show how love can be found, and thrive, in the most unlikely places. Curtis finds love in Iraq as he struggles to stay alive in a war he doesn't want to fight, and Letha discovers her own beauty in the love of her child. There is the "good daughter" who realizes that there's only one way to help her brother and her family. Other stories center on the daily drama of the Curl-E-Que beauty shop, or capture the slapstick side of passion.
Walter Dean Myers has written over fifty books, which have received numerous awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors. He lives in New Jersey.
Starred Review, Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2007:
"Hope lies in what the book title says, finding love and community."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2007:
"Gently told, beautifully modulated, these stories go straight to the heart."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2007:
"Rich in both character and setting, these urban tales combine heartbreak and hope into a vivid tableau of a community. A priority purchase for all libraries, especially those in urban settings."
—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November 2007:
"Grippingly honest ... an extensive and multifaceted look at the culturally nuanced dynamics of finding, holding, and letting go of love."