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DARIUS AND TWIG
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Myers hits another home run with this story about being true to yourself and becoming more than your surroundings. The amount of emotional punch packed into such a tiny novel is impressive, but that is simply a testament to Myers’ skill. Readers will root for Twig and Darius as they struggle to succeed in a world that seems determined to hold them back.
Darius is a thinker, a writer, a dreamer. Desperate to escape the Harlem slums, he knows the odds of getting a scholarship, much less getting out alive, are slim. After all, unless he can fix up his latest story so a magazine will publish it, he has nothing to show colleges that will impress them — not like his best friend Twig. Twig is a runner, hopefully good enough to get an athletic scholarship and get out of their neighborhood for good. Together the pair stands out, an interracial friendship in Harlem’s gang-filled and racially charged streets. As their environment tries to pull them down into its misery, these two friends must depend on one another. (AMISTAD, May, 208 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780061728235, HC, 13 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: May 2013