In the groundbreaking tradition of his award-winning Monster and Bad Boy: A Memoir, Walter Dean Myers fashions a highly readable, powerful novel about the rules for success for young men, especially those navigating coming of age while Black.
Share this book in the classroom, in a father-son reading group, or as a summer reading (or anytime) choice that's likely to spark conversation and be a favorite.
"When the proprietor of a Harlem barbershop takes over as the court-appointed mentor for two troubled teenagers, he conveys the message that the future is built not only on hard work but on sustaining dreams as well." (Smithsonian magazine).
In his introduction to Handbook for Boys, Walter Dean Myers wrote: "I know as a troubled teenager I would have loved to have a neighborhood barbershop to sit in and a group of worldly and knowledgeable men to counsel me. Thinking about this was my motivation in writing this book, hoping it will be, in the least, a jumping-off point for many interesting conversations about success."
Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“A novel that will get readers thinking. A great choice for counselors working with teens like Jimmy, and as a spark for debates. A novel that will get readers thinking.” — KLIATT
“Myers’s passion and concern for adolescent boys infuses the [novel] and gives it a heartfelt urgency.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will be hooked.” — Publishers Weekly
“As a handbook, it could touch many lives.” — School Library Journal
“Myers presents the real-life pitfalls of young people in clear and concise language.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Jimmy and Kevin are engaging, and believable, and sympathetic characters, and the Harlem setting is, as always in Myers’s work, richly drawn.” — Riverbank Review
“I’ve been waiting for somebody to write this book. It doesn’t surprise me that Walter, who’s dedicated to these young people, has written it.” — Nate "Tiny" Archibald