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Darius & Twig

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  153 reviews
New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live one's own dream. This touching and raw teen novel from the author of Monster, Kick, We Are America, Bad Boy, and many other celebrated literary works for children and teens is a Coretta ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Amistad
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Darius and Twig is a short read that centers around two high school boys who desperately try to hang onto their dreams while dealing with the issues at home and in their neighborhood.

I’ve only read one book by this author and it was Monster, the book listed on the cover of this one. I didn’t necessarily like it…it actually kind of horrified me since I was bit too young for it and so it’s stuck with me. The author has a unique way of telling a story, he puts you inside the main characters head an
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Jeff Barber
Previously, I had not read anything by Walter Dean Myers, which now seems a shame. I know the titles of plenty of his books, and have even picked up a few and said to myself, “Sir, you ought to read this book.” Before setting it back on the library shelf. I heretofore intend to justify this problem and read lots of his books.
Darius & Twig is good. It’s hard to give a plot for because, there isn’t really a central event that defines it. It’s best summed up as a short period in the life of Da
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Mrs. Strudthoff
Twig and Darius are friends who live in a crime-filled, gang-ruled neighborhood. So far, both of them have been able to stay alive and out of trouble. Running is what saves Twig; and he's hoping he's good enough that he'll get a scholarship to a college. Darius loves to write and he hopes his talent will be his ticket out as well.

If it was that easy . . .

Twig has trouble with grades and both of them have troubled home lives. In addition, the gangs are doing all they can to steer Twig and Darius
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Jessica Cain
Summary and Critique:
Darius comes form a single-parent household in Harlem. He's a good kid and cares a lot about school but struggles with dealing things when everything isn't in his favor. He's an amazing writer but doesn't think he has a chance to get a scholarship for college. He has supportive people in his life but always doubts himself on being a star. His best friend twig is the only thing that keeps him from loosing hope in himself completely. Twig is a star runner and Darius finds so
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Taylor Melum
Citation: Myers, Walter. (2013). Darius & twig. New York, NY. Amistad.
Genre: Young Adult/ realistic fiction
Format: Chapter book
Reading Level: 5

In-class activity: This book would be a great time for students to discus what they are passionate about and what they would like to become when they grow up. Each student could pick a career and then research it online. They could report to the class what they want to be and why.

Summary:
Darius and Twig are unlikely friends. Darius loves to run and T
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Christopher Barry
I'm a middle school English teacher with an appreciation for Myers, track/cross-country coach and runner, so this book made sense to read.

It certainly is not Myers' best and I don't see my students loving it like they do with Monster or some of his other books.

As a book about running, (and I'm being really nit-picky here) Twig's times (he's supposed to be 16) and abilities as written by Myers stretch what is realistic. I kept thinking that his abilities didn't fit the plot. He'd be one of the
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Paulvdoll
This book had a very interesting appeal to me. Why I say this is because the two main characters, Darius and Twig were two very opposite people. Throughout the book you see these two boys create a friendship that almost seemed inseparable. As soon as I started reading I saw myself having almost the same characteristics and mannerisms as Twig. Overall, This was a fantastic read and I do recommend it to any reader that is looking for a book that they will not want to stop reading. The two boys hav ...more
Spencer Levin
Darius & Twig was a very entertaining and heart pounding book. If you like dramas this is the book for you. The author Walter Dean Myers also wrote the bestseller Monster. Darius & Twig is a novel about two best friends in Harlem, New York. Darius is an African American boy who loves writing. While Twig is a Latino boy who loves to run. The boys seem like complete opposites, but over the story they create a special bond. The book appeals to young adult male readers because it connects ve ...more
Sandy
3.5 stars
They lived in Harlem, Darius and Twig and they both have dreams. Darius is a runner and Twig likes to write and they both have dreams of going to college. Knowing their backgrounds and their families, they hope their dreams are not “just dreams,” as they want to escape their lives and do something bigger. These sixteen-year old boys hope that somehow their love of running and writing will take them to the next level. It’s not like they have much support living the life they lead, but th
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Cleo
"New York Times bestselling author and current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Walter Dean Myers was asked to write a novel about friendship by his fans. Here it is. 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 it doesn't stop him from gett ...more
Nardie
Very moving story of young teenagers that want to be beyond what society want them to be. Thier need for success is amazing! and their friendship was different from any book I read about ; they were more of brother like than friends. definitely a must read!!

five deserving stars!!!
Lynda
I loved this book! In true Walter Dean Meyers style, the reader is thrust into these two teens' lives. Darius is smart and Twig can run. And they both have dreams of getting out of their poor neighborhood. This is also a wonderful story about friendship.

Check it out :)
Mrs.Houck
Found this in the Richfield library, so had to check it out as Walter Dean Myers rarely disappoints. The story is told from the point of view of Darius, who is a talented writer. Darius' best friend is Twig who is a good runner. Both Harlem teens are hoping their individual talents will help them move from their poor, inner city neighborhood and improve their lives. They both struggle with bullies and family environments that are difficult. It is a short, quick read, which makes it good for relu ...more
Phoebe
Darius is the smart one and Twig can run. Myers' story of two boys on the brink--failure is just as much of a possibility as success is, in their world--captures the reader through spare and thoughtful writing. Darius cheers his friend on and is lifted from his own depression through Twig's successes, but as Darius' mother says, he can't live Twig's life and has to address his own future. Can he really be a writer, and can he get into college? The barriers in the way sometimes seem impossibly ta ...more
Cory Schulz
This book is about Darius who is a born runner and Twig is great writer. They both live in a slum of a inner city and they both want to get out of there any way possible. They try not to get involved in the negative thing that there but they seem to get dragged back in. And for them to get out they have to give up a little of who they are and its a constant battle. I suggest this to anyone because no one life is perfect and they will be able to relate. I would use this as a opener to a new class ...more
Serina
(BULLY) 2 boys in Harlem. One is African American the other Spanish, they deal with the troubles that come their way. Twig is Manuel and he's a distance runner, Darius the writer. Enjoyed it how it showcased how you can be more than just your race. Reads like it was taken from teenagers in any larger city. Some language. Really got into the reflections of life. For example, "....when the pain comes, he is ready to fight it, to overcome it. What do I do when the pain comes?" Young black and Spani ...more
Gerron Butchcoe
“Darius & Twig” is the story of two boys growing up in Harlem, hoping that their talents will get them a scholarship that will get them out of the inner city. Darius is a writer who hopes that by getting his short story published, he will get the attention of colleges that will want him to attend their school. The only problem is that the editor of a magazine wants him to change his original story. Twig is a middle distance runner whose dream is to go to college for running. His coach tells ...more
Barbara
Darius and Twig are two unlikely friends because on the surface, they don't have much in common. But both are looking for a bright future and a way to avoid the mean streets of the Harlem neighborhood. Twig is a middle distance runner who just might be able to attract enough attention to win a college scholarship, but Darius, a creative writer whose grades don't show his potential, isn't so sure that he can make his way to a better life. In some respects he's living vicariously through his frien ...more
Sally Kruger
What a loss for the world of YA! Walter Dean Myers's books offered the best in YA lit for the guys, especially the reluctant reader. DARIUS & TWIG is one of his titles I hadn't read so when I saw it at the bookstore, I grabbed it for my classroom.

Set in Myers's infamous 145th Street neighborhood, the story tells of two friends hoping to escape the life of the inner city through college scholarships. Darius is a writer being encouraged to edit a story he submitted for possible publication. If
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Clarissa
I find this hard to believe, but, I think this is maybe the first WDM book I have ever read? can that really be? seems weird, but as I look at lists of his books, nothing stands out.

well, this was okay. Pretty short, easy read, and I liked the characters a lot. It's told through the eyes of Darius, a black kid living in Harlem, loves to write and is good at it. He's got a wonderful friend, Twig, who's a runner, and a really good one. So, they both have gifts, and there is this idea, this theme,
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Keon Devlin
In Darius & Twig it's two kids from Harlem. Darius and Twig are best-friends. Darius is a writer throughout the novel. Darius wants to get out of his horrible neighborhood and go to college. The only problem is Darius grades isn't good enough for a scholarship. Darius wants one of his story to get published so he can get a scholarship. Twig is a track star in the novel. Twig is hoping that track makes him successful. Twig's mother wants him to work in his uncle's store but Twig refuse. Twig ...more
Obi
Darius and Twig is a sports fiction book. Darius and Twig is about these two boys in highschool who are like brothers. Darius is a writer and Twig is a middle distance runner. Even though it looks like they have something to occupy their time they still manage to have conflicts. Darius has great grades and cares for everyone, but is having trouble within his own household. Twig is very fast, but does he have flash speed to run away from the bullies he has. These problems are holding the both of ...more
Jordan Croom
Centered around the friendship of two high school students who live in a neighborhood that is riddled with violence and gang related crime. The two boys hold on to their hopes and dreams of one day getting out of these bad situations, but it's not always as easy as it seems. Both of the boys are extremely talented, and they hope that those talents will help them find a new life. Darius has a passion for writing, and his best friend Twig hopes to be a runner at the collegiate level. Both of these ...more
Jeff Zell
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Best friends in Harlem. Both are looking to have a life of meaning. Twig's gift is running. He surprises himself and his coach when he wins two races. Darius is a writer. He has submitted a fictional story to a college literary journal. They are interested, but something is missing. It is when their local bully, Midnight, is shot, and Twig and Darius help him get medical help that Darius finds his writer's voice. Darius' character looks deep within himself. Darius looks deep within himself. He d ...more
Mark
I loved this book. It's short and sweet and a super quick read, but takes on some really complicated ideas. What in means to be black growing up in Harlem where you don't have the opportunities before you that many kids from other races in other areas and other socioeconomic backgrounds may have. What friendship means. Your duty to family and people of the same race even if you don't particularly like them and may have a bad history with.

One small facet that really stood out to me, too, was the
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Tess
I would definitely recommend this book for reluctant high school student readers. Myers does a nice job balancing the race issue with universal themes that transcend race, such as one's search for self and one's struggle against the societal forces that threaten to hold young people back from achieving their dreams. I admire how the author can instruct without being preachy. The dialogue (i.e., use of profanity, Ebonics) was about as realistic as one can expect for a book that will appear in a s ...more
Joey
Ahhhh! So many great things about this book that were good! I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book but I think that did me a favour. I liked Darius and Twig individually and also their friendship. They did seem freakishly mature for their age through. I gave this is 3 star rating because it was light-hearted, concise, had a good message, interesting characters and a very good story overall! The subplots added depth to this story making it even better when everything was wo ...more
Sharon
When a struggling reader comes to the high school library looking for a "short" book for free read time, I can always depend on Walter Dean Myers to make them happy. Little do they know that Walter was the father of YA urban lit, having written his first novel in 1969. In retrospect, his voice is remarkably empathetic and sympathetic as he tells of realistic situations in modern city life. When I compare Darius & Twig to newer, hipper urban stories, I appreciate the gentleness in his gritty ...more
Tania
I was actually expecting to not enjoy this book - I won a copy when it was our book of the month at book club and was a bit worried that I would never read it because it 'isn't my thing'. That being said, this actually surprised me.

The story is told from the point of view of Darius, a talented writer who is trying hard but essentially has life getting in his way and on top of him. Through the novel we see events in their neighbourhood - fights, shootings, and the struggles of people trying to ho
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Molly
Darius & Twig is filled with multiple positive role models and positive messages that help paint a clear picture of what these boys went through as they attempted to get a scholarship so they had the opportunity to get out of Harlem. This book is great because it is the perfect starting point for students to begin thinking about the roles that the education system has, and what responsibilities the people in the neighborhood have as well.

I really like that the author doesn’t present the wor
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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