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Autobiography of My Dead Brother
Contributor(s): Myers, Walter Dean (Author), Myers, Christopher (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0060582936     ISBN-13: 9780060582937
Publisher: Amistad Books for Young Readers
OUR PRICE: $8.49  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2006
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Annotation: The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .

As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood plagued by drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Violence
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - African American
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 12-17
Grade Level: 7-12
Lexile Measure: 730(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.59" H x 6.38" W x 9.02" (0.60 lbs) 224 pages
Themes:
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 12/11/2006 pg. 73
Kliatt 01/01/2007 pg. 25
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 101195
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 6.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

A powerful National Book Award Finalist from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Monster. This novel is like photorealism; it paints a vivid and genuine portrait of life that will have a palpable effect on its readers. (School Library Journal starred review)

With Harlem as its backdrop, Autobiography of My Dead Brother follows the diverging paths of best friends Rise and Jesse. When Rise becomes engulfed in gang activity and starts dealing drugs, Jesse, a budding artist, tries to make sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood plagued by drive-by shootings, vicious gangs, and an indifferent juvenile justice system.

The innovative first-person storytelling, along with cartoons and photos, pulls in readers and makes Autobiography of My Dead Brother a strong and thought-provoking choice for sharing in a classroom or at home.

Though the story is starkly realistic, there is always hope in the gifts of Jesse the artist and C. J. the musician, of schools and churches and of caring parents. (Kirkus)

Touching and impactful, Autobiography cannot fail to intrigue, and hopefully influence youngsters with its poignant statement of two roads taken. (Judges' Citation, National Book Award)


Contributor Bio(s): Myers, Christopher: -

Christopher Myers is a graduate of Brown University and the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Studio Program. He is the acclaimed illustrator of Love: Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings; Harlem: A Poem, a Caldecott Honor Book; Jazz, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Blues Journey, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He is also the author-illustrator of Black Cat and H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination, both Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books; We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; A Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament; Looking Like Me; Wings; and Fly!

Myers, Walter Dean: -

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.


 
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