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Friday, December 3, 2010

ARC Arrival: Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman


Kick
by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
Harper Teen

For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.



Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.


~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Teen.  Please watch for my review in February 2011.~


About the authors: Critically acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people.  Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, five Coretta Scott King Awards, two Newbery Honors, and the first-ever Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.  He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.  You can visit him online at http://www.walterdeanmyers.net/.

When Ross Workman was thirteen, he wrote a fan email to his favorite author.  When Walter Dean Myers wrote back and asked him whether he would be interested in writing a book, Ross was amazed -- and incredibly excited.  Four years later, Ross is seventeen and in eleventh grade at Westfield Senior High School.  In addition to writing, Ross plays a sport every season:  high school soccer in the fall, high school wrestling in the winter, and club travel soccer in the spring.  He has attended the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, plays alto and baritone saxophones, and has competed at the state level in the National Geographic Bee.  He lives in Westfield, New Jersey.

Kick
Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Teen, Feb 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-200490-1
195 pages

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