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posts on 9/15/2006 7:33:59 PM It was about 17-year-old Greg Harris from Harlem, New York. This is a ideal book for African American kids because it deals with the everyday struggles they have to go through. Greg is a basketball player and his friends call him “Slam” because of the way he slams the ball into the hoop. But the book is not all about basketball. Greg has to find out if his friend is doing dangerous things behind his back that could be life threatening. Along with that he still has school that he isn't doing well in and a girl friend on the side named Mtisha. While Slam is dealing with all his struggles on the side he plays basketball to relive stress. The stress from all the things he is going through like school, his grandmother being sick, his little brother Derrick being a pain, his best friend Ice was being in trouble, basketball, and a girlfriend. He still has time for Basketball. I recommend this book for African American teenagers around the world. He is a great student in school and the best basketball player in his school. He has to best friends Ice and kiki. Ice is a great basketball player to but he is starting to hang out with the wrong crowd. Slam tries to help him out but he just does not listen. He is starting to hang around with people that are into drugs. For slams basketball team he does not get along well with his coach.
posts on 8/20/2006 11:37:21 PM Greetings Walter, I hope all is well and all are well. I met you a couple of times when I first joined the HARLEM WRITERS GUILD. The reason for this message is, I have written a children's book that needs illustrating. I believe your son Christpher's drawing is suitable to my story of the founding of Egypt. Eugene L. Hobgood
posts on 6/29/2006 1:03:37 AM dear mr. myers, i loved your book Slam! and i loved it. will there be a sequel, because we dont know if slam and mtishi hook up or if slam wins the tournament of champions.

posts on 6/24/2006 2:35:15 PM Mr. Myers, after reading Fallen Angels and Somewhere in the Darkness, you have become one of my most favourite authors. I would just like to thank you for all the great novels you have written, so that the public could have the great privilege of reading them.
posts on 6/23/2006 6:02:07 PM Dear Mr. Myers, I have read "Somewhere in the Darkness" and I'm really impressed by your great writing skills towards young readers. I think that some of your books would turn into good movies, and I think you should consider trying.
posts on 5/10/2006 4:47:11 PM Does Anyone now how to contact him? I would love to send him a email or letter.
posts on 5/9/2006 10:33:06 AM Dear. Mr Myers My name is Boogie Tate and I am a senior at East Gaston High School in Mount Holly, North Carolina. I have recently read your book Monster for my African American Studies Class. It really touched me in manys ways. I just want to say thank you for such a great book.
posts on 5/8/2006 1:47:57 PM I will really like it if you can come to my school raub middle school. how can I contact You
posts on 5/3/2006 9:16:36 PM dear walter dean myers. i want to find out why you wrote the book Monster in a movie script.
posts on 5/1/2006 11:35:53 AM I teach reading in an alternative program for middle-school-aged kids. We have read two of your books together--Somewhere In The Darkness and Monster. We read them while listening to the book on tape. This was especially cool with Monster--so many great voices. It would make my kids' day to get a message from Mr. Myers. Two of my students are so interested that they requested to read Bad Boy--also to a tape. As for myself, I think that Mr. Myers is the Dean of YA writers (pun intended) and that any teacher hoping to understand, or at least empathize with, the unique position of African American students in American schools should read as many of Mr. Myers books as possible.
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