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Children and adults alike will cheer for this funny, uplifting story of a troublemaker who joins the school newspaper and discovers the power of words - and uses that power to make a positive difference in his community.Darnell Rock is an especially meaningful hero for African American boys who confront many of the same pressures that Darnell faces.
©1994 Walter Dean Myers; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
"Myers gets things right, especially the banter and concerns of kids like Darnell, who, even with real talents and a stable family, may 'fall through the cracks'' of a school without the resources or will to engage them; and the fate of Darnell's proposal, which is realistically presented as simplistic as well as imaginative. The book itself is not simplistic, as the deftly drawn characters have both strengths and weaknesses. Many readers - and not just those in multiracial, big-city areas like the one depicted here - will recognize themselves in Darnell and his friends." (Kirkus Reviews)