Street Love

by Walter Dean Myers

Hardcover, 134 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, List Price: $15.99 | purchase

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Street Love
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Told in free verse and set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem, this powerful novel follows seventeen-year-old African American Damien as he takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love, Junice, will be together—forever.

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Street Love


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Copyright © 2006 Walter Myers
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ISBN: 0060280794

Harlem

Autumn in Harlem.
Fume-choked leaves, already
Yellowed, crack in the late September
Breeze. Weeds, city tough, city brittle,
Push defiantly along the concrete edges
Of Malcolm X Boulevard. On 137th Street
A toothless sidewalk vendor neatly stacks
His dark knit caps beside the plastic cell
Phone covers. Shadows indistinct in August heat
Now deepen and grow long across
The wide streets. Homeless men sniff the air and
Know that somewhere the Hawk stirs.
Harlem is not an easy place
To grow old, and so the young
Are everywhere,
Pouring from the buses, city dancing
To the rhythms of the street,
City dancing to the frantic spin of life
In the fast lane.

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