Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Walter Dean Myers, Beloved Author, Dies At 76

Walter Dean Myers, Beloved Author, Dies At 76: Author Walter Dean Myers died on Tuesday at the age of 76 after a brief illness, publisher HarperCollins said in a statement.

Myers was the author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including "Fallen Angels," "Sunrise Over Fallujah," and the 1999 New York Times-bestselling novel, "Monster."

He was lauded for his vivid portrayals of the lives of African American children, and for writing books for young people that tackled difficult subjects like war, incarceration and violence. "Drugs, drive-by shootings, gang warfare, wasted lives — Myers has written about all these subjects with nuanced understanding and a hard-won, qualified sense of hope," critic Leonard S. Marcus wrote in a 2008 profile for The New York Times Book Review.