Walter Dean Myers Message Board
Jill posts on 10/13/2007 8:31:53 PM
Dear Mr. Myers,
I am a Language Arts teacher at Joseph Pulitzer I.S. 145 in Jackson Heights NY. For the last three years, you and your books have been a part of our eigth grade curriculm. Not only have the kids grown to love you and your work, but the teachers and I do too!!!!! You give our students a voice and a future to aspire to. We love your novels and the tales you tell in the 145 Street Anthology. You make us laugh and cry and fall n love with your characters. In fact, you have inspired me. I thought, "wouldn't it be great to take a tour through Halremnad view Harlem from your perspective. Without much convincing, I persuaded the entire LA department to take a walking tour through Harlem. The students will take pictures of Harlem capturing your perspective of hope and love and create a photo essay. We should be finished with these projects in November. We would absolutely love for you to come and visit with us to see the children's work and chat with the students. It would mean the world to these kids!!!! And selfishly speaking, we the teachers would love to meet you too!
Thanking you in advance, Mrs. Handschu
Ben posts on 5/3/2007 1:24:51 PM
Mr. Myers I was wondering you researched the information you used in The Glory Field
Kristina Van Amerongen posts on 12/1/2006 2:06:41 AM
I am a grad student in Eastern Illinois University's English Department. I am currently taking a class on African American Youth Literature. I read your book At Her Majesty's Request and have a question regarding the format you chose to write it in. I was wondering why you chose a straight biography. You did a picture book for Malcom X it was very interesting and intriguing. I am doing a research paper on African authors and you are on the list for the time period I chose. Is there a reason beyond finding the stack of pics that you chose to write this book in this style? Thank you for your time.
Gerald Erjavec posts on 11/19/2006 10:38:35 PM
I am a school teacher in the Chicago suburbs and am beginning a unit on "Scorpions". I am positive that I have seen a movie based on the book two years ago, but cannot find a reference to it. Such a movie would make a nice addition to the unit. If one does exist, could you please point me in the right direction?
Russell Goff posts on 10/19/2006 2:29:01 PM
How you doin Mr.Myers I just want to comment on your book Monster.This book head me gone for a minite tring to understand if Steve was guilty or not. from what it sounds he wasnt.
I had a friend in the same situation but he didnt get off he's now severing 10 years for you know guilty by a association. think you for Monster it made me look at things in a hole nother way how 1 word can just change a person hole mind set Monster.
posts on 10/10/2006 4:20:07 PM
Please forward info on how we could bring you to Trenton Central High School. This year's focus is on "WHat Guys Read". We would love to host you!
posts on 10/5/2006 7:56:21 PM
Dear Mr. Myers,
I really enjoy your style and form of writing. When i pick up one of your books i just can't put it down. Right now im ready the short stories of 145th street and they are great. I picked your book for the short stories project in my Adv. Language class and i can't put it down. THe one about the toughest dog in town was deep. I would like to thank you for putting out such great books including monster, shooter, slam and said 145th street. You are a huge influence on my story writing and I just wanted to thank you and let you know that your awesome. If you ever have any time, please e-mail me. Thanks
posts on 10/3/2006 9:57:07 PM
I am writing from a middle school in East Orange, New Jersey (not far from you!) I wondered how we could invite you to our school. It would be wonderful for our children.
posts on 9/18/2006 4:56:24 PM
My previous post was prematurely amputated in its transmission. To think, the Army trained me to operate and maintain machines like this and they still do not work at times whenever I use them. I truly did try to post at this message board earlier--back while at my previous work-site. My current profession takes me to multiple schools. These days, these are the younger schools--where the children have not yet become corrupted by the myriad influences of peers, drugs and the like. They still have a semblance of decency and hope. I deal with children...
You and I do not exactly work within the same genres. Nevertheless, we both have perhaps the same themes central to our novels. You write of hope and the future; or so I believe that you do. Also, your works seem to be about some form of redemption in the face of personal and environmental decadence. Such is also what I do. However, my metaphors are more in line with BATTLE ANGEL and BLADE RUNNER. Though in different backgrounds, we seem to aim in the same direction.
But my direction is feeling a tad bit lost. I have written half a dozen novel-length manuscripts over the half a decade since graduating college. My writing even went into the brief years I had with the United States Army. Half of my novels are online fanfiction. Yet the other half, I am holding out for a literary agent or a publisher. Even after having written twelve times what the average "new" writer has written, I still lack a literary agent. Why is it that some people get their feet into the door and get published while others are increasingly left outside door only open to nepotism?
Do you want to see talent? E-mail me. I will then show you the online novels I have written. To boot, there are reviews by real readers of my online works. There is also a brochure available of my better novel-lengthy works cultivated over these years. There is plenty to see. A large part of learning is by doing, and I have been doing that--writing novels--for more than a little while.
I have done so much and will likely have to do more before literary agents start to listen? How many other amateur novelists have this many novels written? So many well-connected ex-business people and marketing directors just write a "first" novel, formula-driven plotlines and insipid narrations that barely describe anything. Will I have to fill another half of a bookslelf with my works before literary agents come by to help? This would be all the more easier if literary agents bothered to seek my offline works.
posts on 9/18/2006 8:06:34 AM
Mr. Meyers, I am writing this from the library of an elementary school. As these children are being partially raised and educated here, their parents are working multiple jobs. Beyond that is how more than a few of those same parents are off in the desert.
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