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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Funny and sensitive story of friendship.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Great Discussion Starter

I am a teacher, reading this book aloud to my class. We have had some wonderful discussions, not only about how to be a friend, but how to be someone going through a tough time, as well. If you have never been through something hard, you may become confused, angry, quiet, or over-compensate with joy. We talked about how all reactions are okay. However you are feeling is how you are feeling, and that is okay. I think this discussion was really appropriate and helpful for my kids.

This title has:

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Great role models
age 12+

the best real world connection for students!

I have read this book personally and with my students. It is wonderful. There is no better real world connection in literature. The students love it! It talks about issues that most students go through or know someone who has gone through them. It has been a very beneficial book for my classes. I would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of twelve.

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Educational value
Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Plenty of humor and realistic dialogue make the characters in this story come alive. Walter Dean Myers has written numerous books about the gritty life in Harlem. In this book he concentrates on kids who deliberately do good for one another, stay away from drugs and sex, and have fun together. Meanwhile, they help each other cope with serious difficulties.

The episodic story progresses until readers have a bright portrait of these kids who grow up in a tough neighborhood, but who remain kids. They have the support of their families and each other, and learn the difference between being people and playing roles.

Book Details

  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1975
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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