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145th Street: Short Stories

145th Street: Short Stories


145th Street: Short Stories

About the Book

From the award-winning author of Monster, this collection of powerful and poignant stories about 145th Streetan unforgettable block in the heart of Harlem—celebrates African-American life in all of its glory.

“Myers is a master.” —The New York Times Book Review

On Harlem’s 145th Street, things happen that don’t happen anywhere else in the world.

Get to know Big Joe, who’s throwing his own funeral while he’s here to enjoy it, and everyone’s invited. Meet Kitty and Mack, teens with a love story more real than anything they’ve ever known. Follow Monkeyman, the quietest kid on the block and the last person you’d expect the Tigros gang to target. And don’t miss the block party of the year—the whole neighborhood will be there.

From danger and despair to hilarity and joy, literary legend Walter Dean Myers captures every mood and every beat of life in this vibrant Harlem. 

This twentieth-anniversary edition of Myers’s work features brand-new content, including historical information about Harlem’s rich past, an immersive map of the neighborhood’s iconic landmarks, and touching tributes from authors, artists, and literary legends. Celebrating two decades in print, this edition honors Myers’s enormous legacy and brings his work to a new generation of readers.

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults     

New York Times Bestselling Author
3-Time National Book Award Finalist
Michael L. Printz Award
5 Coretta Scott King Awards
2 Newbery Honors
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013)
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement
Children’s Literature Legacy Award

Product Details

On sale: January 14, 2020
Age: 12 and up
Grade: Grade 7 & Up
Page count: 208 Pages
ISBN: 9780593119662
Reading level: Lexile: 800L | Fountas/Pinnell: Z+

Author Bio

Walter Dean Myers was a poet, a novelist, a playwright, a musician, and an avid collector of memorabilia. He was awarded the American Library Association’s 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the inaugural Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, the inaugural Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, and the ALAN Award. His books for young adults have received numerous accolades, including two Newbery Honor Awards, eleven Coretta Scott King Author Awards and Honor Awards, and many more. 145th Street: Short Stories was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and received starred reviews from the Horn Book and Publishers Weekly.  


"Myers has a great natural style . . . and is completely at home in a Harlem depicted without adulation but with great affection." —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

"Readers will find that they could settle in for hours and take it all in." —Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Fast, wry, and honest . . . the search for personal identity is at the heart of this lyrical collection, and so is the sense of the place." —Booklist, Boxed