He saw few opportunities for an African American male who was good at writing.
As Myers faced this moment of compromise, he became angry.
He moved there as a young child, after his mothers death, to live with Herbert and Florence Dean, whom he calls his foster parents.
The Harlem of Myers childhood was a close-knit community with a strong church presence, many artists, and an abundance of hard-working families.
She avoids capture by finding shelter in a Union Army camp and joins the fight for the freedom of others.
Follows a family's 241 year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.An editor who had enjoyed one of Myers short stories, but thought it was the opening of a novel, asked him how the story continued. Myers has tried to show the variety of people and experiences in these communities. What does Myers try to accomplish through his writing? What steps did you take along the way and how did you feel after the achievement?Many of his novels, such as The Glory Field, address the tough problems of life. You are at home sleeping peacefully when suddenly someone rips you from out of your cozy, warm bed and drags you into an airplane, ties you up and flies you across the world. (Example: winning an award, trying out for a sports team, getting an A on a test).His foster mother taught him to read at the age of four, and soon he was reading the daily newspaper to her."I sensed a connection between myself and the worlds I read about in book," said Myers.A symbolic family totem that manifests itself throughout the book, Muhammad's iron shackles that the slave traders used to restrain the slaves on board the slave ships is used to represent the struggles that the family faced in the past, the metaphoric shackles that continue to keep them down in the present, and the sense of freedom and liberation that is constantly within grasp in the future.Also at the heart of the book is the titular Glory Field, the piece of land located on Curry Island, South Carolina that has been the home for the Lewis family.A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this cou An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this country from Africa.Myers got his big break in 1968 when his book won a contest for African American writers.An encounter at a party was the next important turning point for the author. Most of Myers novels deal with the lives of African Americans living in cities, and many are set in the Harlem the author knows so well. How did you achieve whatever you were trying to accomplish?