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145th Street: Short Stories

by Walter Dean Myers

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This book definitely immerses you in a very specific group of people. quick read. some violence. ( )
  GR8inD8N | Apr 1, 2014 |
5Q 3P (My VOYA codes) Review of short story "Kitty and Mack: a Love Story"

This story is about a girl falling in love with a boy and standing by him against all odds put into an everyday setting...

This short story leaves a lot of unanswered questions about character motivation. I think that is the point of the short story format in this case. I feel as if the writer shows some and tells both too much and two little at the exact same time. This story would appeal to both realists and romantics. Overall, I would have to read the rest of the book to get a better flavor of the overall message of the book and may adjust my reviews accordingly.
  Razberries4 | May 23, 2013 |
NMET - "A collection of stories about people who live on 145th street in Harlem. Readers get to know a cop, fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie, Monkeyman, Benny the boxer, and many others." RGG: Be forewarned--a lot of street violence. Especially good for read aloud: "The Streak," "Kitty and Mack: A Love Story," "A Christmas Story."
  rgruberexcel | Sep 3, 2012 |
this book is a good book.. mostly about harlem. my favorite story is mack and kitty: a love story. it was so sad and depressing at the same time sweet and caring. this is probly the best story thruout the whole book and i love this one :D
  moniabegum | Sep 26, 2011 |
"That's what life of 145th Street is like. Something funny happens, like Big Joe's funeral, and then something bad happens. It's almost as if the block is reminding itself that like is hard, and you have to take it seriously." (p. 12) ( )
  karenestockton | May 31, 2010 |
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"That's what 145th Street is like. Something funny happens... and then something bad happens. It's almost as if the block is reminding itself that life is hard, and you have to take it seriously." Walter Dean Myers's book of interconnected short stories is a sweet and sour mix of the comedy and tragedy of the human condition, played out against the backdrop of the Harlem neighborhood that is centered around 145th Street. In this 'hood, teens will become acquainted with the mysterious 12-year-old Angela, whose sad dreams seem to predict the future for an unlucky few, and the fast-talking Jamie Farrell, a smooth basketball player who's praying that his streak of good luck doesn't end before he can ask out Celia Evora, "the finest chick in the school." They will chuckle at the affable Big Joe, who wants to enjoy his funeral party while he's still alive, yet feel their hearts tighten when Big Time Henson senses his drug addiction drawing him closer and closer to an early grave.

Myers frankly discusses the consequences of violence, drive-bys and gang war through his articulate characters, but tempers these episodes with such a love of his fictional community that every character shines through with the hope and strength of a survivor. Changing his point of view from teen to adult and back again through each vignette, Myers successfully builds a bridge of understanding between adolescents and adults that will help each group better understand the problems of the other. A worthy and recommended read that beautifully illustrates the good that can come out of a community that stands together. Newbery Honor-winning Myers has written more than 50 books, including Monster and Fallen Angels. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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