Image of Darius & Twig


Image of Darius & Twig

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