Ages: 13 and up
Darius is a writer, struggling to find his own way with only his alter ego, Fury, a peregrine falcon, and Twig, his best friend, in his corner. Twig, a middle-distance runner, has the skills to make it but wants to dictate his own terms for success. He may be a winner on the track, but that doesn’t stop him from getting picked on. For these friends, money is tight, there are bullies and absent adults and, most disturbing, the notion that their Harlem life doesn’t have much to offer. They need to navigate their world: the thugs, the seamy side of sports, the uncertainty of their prospects. And they need to figure out how to grow up together, but apart.
This stellar, thought-provoking teen novel is the latest from highly acclaimed, award-winning author Walter Dean Myers.