Wednesday, March 31, 2010
What They Found: Love on 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers
The neighborhood beauty salon is the center of activity for these short stories which are all set in Harlem. Although some stories are funny and some are serious they all concern the residents of 145th street and show people who are "poor and black". A young boy wishes he had a way to support his girlfriend and their baby. A girl with big plans for her future ends up dating a gangster who surprises her with how nice he is to the handicapped kids she works with. A boy who wants to make something of himself finds that it is difficult for him to make any progress without a gun or drugs. These are just a few of the many great stories by a master storyteller.