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What They Found: Love on 145th Street    by Walter Dean Myers Amazon.com order for
What They Found
by Walter Dean Myers
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Wendy Lamb Books, 2007 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Walk with Walter Dean Myers down 145th Street and become reacquainted with the families who live there. These characters don't take love for granted. Myers explores the kinds of love that can be found everywhere and how it affects the lives of the people who experience it.

In Mama, an eight-year-old child takes care of her four-year-old brother and her mother who has AIDS. Her only reward is their love. A man has worked his entire life for the family he loves. Now that he is about to die he has one more gift to give them. He has an unusual plan to help them get a family business going by using his own bar-b-que memorial service as a kick off for its introduction to the neighborhood.

A young girl must make the choice between college and the man of her dreams. In pursuing the life he needs, the man of her dreams crushes the life of a former girl friend. In What Would Jesus Do?, Evelyn plans to be a virgin when she marries just as the church teaches. Cheryl's love for her friend pushes them apart as Cheryl tries to make sure that Evelyn's fiancÚ is worthy of her. Other stories use humor, passion and heartbreaking devotion to define love. Powerful and fulfilling, these tales will stay with readers long after they've been read.

This is the second book of short stories Myers has written about 145th Street. Random House is reissuing his first book, 145th Street: Short Stories, where he first introduces the people there. Walter Dean Myers, the author of more than fifty books, is a two-time Newbery Honor winner and a five-time winner of the Coretta School King Award. His other awards include the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

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