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Darius & Twig [Paperback]

Walter Dean Myers

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad Press; Reprint edition (13 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006172825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728259
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,198,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Twilight.com Reviews 28 Aug 2013
By Yara Santos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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. - Joshua (4.5 stars)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope amid despair 26 May 2013
By Jud Ashman - Published on Amazon.com
Darius and Twig is a tale of hope and despair, infused with the poetic soul typical of a great Walter Dean Myers story. This is a fabulous book for teenagers - and for adults as well.

The world has a way of grounding the soaring ambitions of our youth and, in Myers' Harlem, it's even worse. Everywhere you look you find broken families, gang violence, misguided values, and vicious cycles of poverty, apathy, and anger. Yet somehow, this is also the world of two hopeful teenagers, Darius and Twig, who both dream of getting out.

Darius is a writer, and the narrator of the book. He's working on a story that he hopes to have published, which would help him make the case for a collegiate scholarship.

His best friend Twig is a medium-distance runner, a budding track star with enough talent to potentially put him in position for a scholarship.

Darius and Twig's friendship is a strong one, anchored in their shared hope, mutual support, goodness, and loyalty - even while people and events around them put all of that to the test.

The characters and their friendship are gorgeously rendered. Definitely worth reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Myers doesn't pretend that the world is perfect 6 May 2013
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Often stories paint inspirational pictures of people who beat the odds: kids under extreme duress facing and overcoming impossible-seeming challenges. But as author Walter Dean Myers reminds readers in DARIUS AND TWIG, sometimes even a winning attitude and believing in yourself isn't enough to tip the scales in your favor.

Darius lives in a struggling single-parent household in Harlem. Even though he's a good kid who cares about all the right things --- his family, his grades and staying out of trouble --- he can't help but feel that the cards are not stacked in his favor. Though a talented writer, he's afraid that without stand-out grades, he doesn't stand a chance of getting a college scholarship. And though he's got the backing of his favorite writing teacher, he's pretty sure that her rather flaccid support is not enough to make him a star. The only thing that keeps him from losing hope is his best friend, Twig.

Twig's a runner --- a really, super, insanely fast runner with an unbeatable attitude and a contagious smile. But Darius wonders whether Twig is fast enough to outrun the bullies that threaten him and with them, the shackles of his socioeconomic reality. As Twig continues to triumph in ever more impressive races, Darius' hopes build. But it seems like everyone is intent on reminding him that Twig won't go as far as he hopes. And even if he does, Twig may end up leaving Darius in the dust.

Myers doesn't pretend that the world is perfect --- far from it. In fact, through most of the book it feels as though Darius and Twig are teetering on the edge, only slightly ahead of the danger that pervades their world. Street fights, alcoholism, gang violence and guns make up the vocabulary of the two boys' lives. And yet, the poetry of Darius' prose is believable, perhaps because he uses writing as an escape hatch.

Writing isn't Darius' only escape hatch. He's also got an alter ego, Fury, who takes the shape of a peregrine falcon who preys on those who would prey on others. It may seem unusual to find a peregrine falcon cruising the streets of Harlem, but then again, Darius is a rare find as well. And even though Harlem may not be a falcon's natural habitat, some creatures will thrive even when their surroundings don't loan themselves to soaring.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Novel by Walter Dean Myers 8 Nov 2013
By Tim Field - Published on Amazon.com
I've been reading novels by Walter Dean Myers for over twenty years and I am continually amazed by his ability to craft memorable characters, an engrossing plot and profound meanings into very few pages. The at-risk high school students I teach enjoy (love!) Myers' books and, although I am not his target audience, so do I.
Myers has returned again and again to depictions of young men growing up in harsh urban environments, yet each book seems fresh and original. He uses theme and variation in each novel and experiments with a modes of presentation such as structuring the book as a screenplay, incorporating graphic elements, telling the tale from multiple viewpoints or drawing on the mythic wisdom of a griot.
"Darius & Twig" has as its narrator a thoughtful young writer whose best friend is an athlete (both writers and athletes are familiar character in Myers' books).
Darius & Twig both have talents, writing and running respectively, which they hope with be their ticket to success. Family, thugs, and their own doubts threaten their dreams. Myers deftly handles a story which in lesser hands could be a preachy after school special. Instead we get a novel that resonates with the wisdom of elders, overarching metaphors and symbolism that doesn't seem forced (birds of prey, dolphins, running etc.) and well-rounded characters a reader can root for.
I would recommend this book to any reluctant reader and to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction that can be enjoyed as literature.
4.0 out of 5 stars for sons summer reading 31 July 2013
By Jacqueline King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of my sons read this book . He said he enjoyed the friendship of Darius and Twig. He keeps go back to his favorite chapters in the book.
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