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Darius & Twig (2013)

Author: Walter Dean Myers [link to author's website]
Publisher: Amistad
Number of pages: 208 pages

Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws at them. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they'll be stuck in the same place forever. New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere with his novel about friendship and needing to live one's own dream.

ISBN 13: 978-0061728235
Reading Level (grade): 4.6