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The Beast

The Beast

by Walter Dean Myers

17-yr-old Anthony "Spoon" Witherspoon is returning to Harlem after seven months at an exclusive prep school. It's with mixed feelings that he's left New York City in the first place to finish high school in the hallowed halls of the mostly white, very preppy New England school - but now that Spoon is back home, he realizes how much he's come to like his prep-school life and new friends. He's missed his girlfriend, though, and is shocked to discover upon his return that the bright young poet she was when he left has become a drug addict.

Praise for The Beast

"Myers's descriptions of the streets and people — the bright, clean, working-class hope and the slate-gray bankruptcy of drugs and crime — are photographically authentic and dizzyingly musical... The language is simple and clean; the plot unfolds seamlessly; and the characters emerge shaky, worldly wise, and cautiously optimistic." — School Library Journal

Ages
12, 13, 14
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 9
Lexile Measure
680L
DRA
N/A
Guided Reading
Z+
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
192
Genre
Young Adult

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers Walter Dean Myers is the beloved author of such children's and young adult books as Fallen Angels, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, and Harlem, among many more. His many awards include two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Michael J. Printz Award.

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