Bad Boy: A Memoir (Paperback)
Amistad Press, 9780064472883, 224pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2002
New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers traveled back to his roots in this memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable. Don't miss this memoir by a former National Ambassador of Books for Young People
As a boy, Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciously--he would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer (and he eventually succeeded).
But as his hope for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and to his books for comfort.
Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the most important voices of our time.
Praise For Bad Boy: A Memoir…
“[A] superb memoir. Young writers will find inspiration here.”
-School Library Journal
“Myers paints a fascinating picture of his childhood growing up in Harlem in the 1940s.”
“Many of the individual scenes have power…and the author’s voice and heart are consistently heard and felt throughout.”
-The Horn Book
“A powerful read. Will make the reader laugh out loud & sigh with satisfaction.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A thoughtful, cautionary and inspiring tale.”
“This memoir joins the ranks of stellar literary autobiographies, such as Fleischman’s Abracadabra Kid and Zindel’s Pigman and Me.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books