Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young
People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times
bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes,
SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has
received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author
Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In
addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He
lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Gr 6-9-When a school-wide assignment divides students into "North" and "South," four friends try to find nonviolent methods to keep the peace. Strong characterizations and a gripping premise make this an especially discussable novel as the kids realize that issues of free speech, racism, and respect loom as large in the 21st century as they did in the 1860s. Audio version available from Brilliance Audio. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.