{Book Review} Darius & Twig By: Walter Dean Myers

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Darius & Twig
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Released: April 23, 2013
 
Goodreads Summary New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live your own dream. Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that Harlem life throws at them.
The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they’ll be stuck in the same place forever in this touching and raw new teen novel from Walter Dean Myers, award-winning author of Monster, Kick, We Are America, Bad Boy, and many other celebrated literary works for children and teens.

As readers we always have a set of authors that we grow very fond of.  Those great authors whose novels for some reason snare us into being fans forever.  For me personally, Walter Dean Myers is that type of author. One of those authors who produce great novels, Myers has honed his craft of storytelling.  Walter Dean Myers writes with an emotion filled style that portrays the trials and tribulations undergone by his characters.  In his new book Darius and Twig, Myers answered the request of his fans by writing a story about friendship and its powerful bond.

Darius is a young guy struggling to make it in the world.  Trying to provide for his emotional mother and little brother.  Darius’ only means of release is through his writing and his best friend Twig.  Twig, a runner on the rise, also faces some inner demons causing a strong friendship between the two.  Faced with bullies, gang violence, and college, the two have to rely on each other to pull through the tough times.  While not one of the more powerful novels, this book still delivers a powerful message.  Using his familiar urban dialogue, he conveys a message of hope and friendship that will persevere.  My only disappointment is that I wish the novel was longer.  Overall, another emotional, thought provoking novel that will have readers looking into their own lives.

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