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Darius & Twig

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quiet, sometimes poetic story of teens' scholarship quest.

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Multiple-award-winning author Walter Dean Myers here presents a quiet, thoughtful study of two compelling, relatable teens as they find their way in the world against tough odds. It's a thought-provoking illustration of the many factors that contribute to making higher education difficult for so many to access. But it's mainly an uplifting story of how two young men learn to stay true to themselves and their dreams in spite of the difficulties, and especially the indifference, they face.

The language, which avoids slang and dialect while remaining firmly rooted in the nitty-gritty of daily life, occasionally soars when Darius fantasizes about birds of prey. Adults may find the metaphor a bit heavy handed, but it will resonate with teens and provides a poetic introduction to the literary device.

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