Walter Dean Myers

Myers was born on August 12, 1937, in Martinsbburg, West Virginia.  Myers's mother died when he was three years old.  His father, being too poor to support himself and his son, gave Myers away to a man named Herbert Dean who resided in Harlem.  Myers was raised in Harlem and grew up around the church staying mostly out of trouble.  Myers was taught to read by his foster mother, Florence Dean, who was barely literate herself.  Myers had a speech impediment as he went through school and it made him very frustrated when people could not understand what he was trying to say.  This was a major obstacle for him in school.  At the age of 17, Myers dropped out of high school and joined the army, he could not afford college.  Just like Perry, the main character in Fallen Angels, Myers loved basketball and fantasized about joining the NBA.  He also was a very gifted writer in his youth.

Today Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and his youngest of three children.  He was just awarded the first ever Michael Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for his book Monster.

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