Kick (Paperback)

By Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman

HarperTeen, 9780062004918, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

List Price: 9.99*
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Spring 2011 Kids' Next List

“An award-winning author joins with a high school teen to create a story about a 13-year-old who gets into trouble and may be charged with multiple crimes. Kevin Johnson, son of a deceased police officer, can't or won't explain what happened the day he was arrested. In jail, besides being worried about his mother and grandmother, he fears that he will not be able to play in the State Cup soccer tournament. The two authors -- one who knows how to relate the tension of the soccer field and the other who knows how to accurately translate the tension in the life of teens -- have delivered an inspirational and real-life novel that will draw teens, especially boys, into reading.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
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For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is a great kid and skilled soccer player. With attitude.

Then he ends up in jail.

Sergeant Brown is a tough cop and Kevin's mentor.

With attitude.

If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around.

Before it's too late.

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

When Ross Workman was thirteen, he wrote a fan email to his favorite author. When Walter Dean Myers wrote back and asked him whether he would be interested in writing a book, Ross was amazed—and incredibly excited. Four years later, Ross is seventeen and in eleventh grade. In addition to writing, Ross plays a sport every season: high school soccer in the fall, high school wrestling in the winter, and club travel soccer in the spring. He lives in New Jersey.

Praise For Kick

“Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted lives—Myers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope.”
— New York Times

Praise for Lockdown: “A moving tale of a kid who may have made a mistake but who still deserves the modest future he seeks. Refreshingly avoids cliché.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Praise for Lockdown: “Masterful.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Lockdown: “Myers creates a nuanced, realistic portrait of a teen dealing with incarceration and violence. Myers gets his voice just right.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: “Using both harsh realism and a dose of the fantastic, Myers will leave readers with plenty to think about.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Dope Sick, named a 2010 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: “Rich, nuanced.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Game: “Expertly realized.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)