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What They Found: Love on 145th Street

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  153 reviews
WALTER DEAN MYERS returns to the world of 145th Street: Short Stories to show how love can be found, and thrive, in the most unlikely places. Curtis finds love in Iraq as he struggles to stay alive in a war he doesn't want to fight, and Letha discovers her own beauty in the love of her child. There is the "good daughter" who realizes that there's only one way to help her b ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Kate
A collection of short stories from one of the great authors. These stories are all about love; husband-wife; parent-child; siblings; neighbors and friends. The stories work great separately for readings and also paint one large mosaic picture of Harlem and this community. Readers who liked Street Love will like seeing characters they are already familiar with.
Erika Lawrence
Erika Lawrence

Myers, W.D. (2007). What They Found: Love on 145th street. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

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What They Found: Love on 145th street is a compilation of short stories based within a specific location in Harlem. The stories revolve around characters within the surrounding area, including the Evans Beauty Shop. This is a book about a neighborhood and the people that live there. The stories vary f
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

I really enjoyed 145TH STREET: SHORT STORIES when it came out quite a few years ago, so I was anxious to read this new collection of stories. Once again, Walter Dean Myers takes readers into the world on 145th Street. WHAT THEY FOUND revisits the characters of the previous short stories and updates their lives.

The central theme of WHAT THEY FOUND is love. Each story shares a relationship - romantic love, sibling love, parental lov
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Elizabeth
Elizabeth Jose
Myers, W. D. (2007). What they found: Love on 145th street. New York: Wendy Lamb Books.
Genre: Short Stories
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“What They Found: Love on 145th Street”, is a series of strategically written short stories about the lives of the people who live in Harlem, New York, where lives can sometimes be found to be cold, hard, empty and desperate, yet also inspired and touched with glimmers of hope by the people around them. Through all of this, they all ex
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Erika
I really loved this book! It's the first I've read from Walter Dean Myers but have heard a lot about his writing. This book was a great first read. This is a collection of short stories with characters all from the same neighborhood - even the same street (145th Street). I loved how all the stories were connected in come way and I got an in-depth look at this neighborhood without a straight storyline directly connecting all the characters. I think students would appreciate this collection becaus ...more
Anita Renfroe
While reading this book, which is a collection of short stories, I was drawn in by the interesting, diverse lives of people all coming from the same place. It shows you that though you may come from the same place as other people, you have the advantage of making your own story. The book was well written, and being a ninth grader I don't know if that means much. I would definitely read the book again and probably find something new that I hadn't seen before. It's the first time in a while that I ...more
Katrina Burchett
Fifteen short stories and there wasn't one I didn't like. My favorite was Madonna, the touching story of a teenage mother raising her nine month old son alone:
Letha wanted to know what it was like to have sex, then immediately regretted the choice she had made. Her first time wasn't about love, but she had much love for the child that was conceived. Being poor didn't stop her from taking care of Amari. She did the best she could with what little she had because her son meant the world to her. B
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Nayeli Marquez-garcia
I have read only the first story in this collection titled"the fashion show,bar-b-que,grand opening memorial service"I personally think that the theme is that people have a different way of celebrating death, for example having a church ceremonial or like in this case they have a grand opening of a beauty salon and a bar-b-que celebration for Mr.Evans.This explains that i personally think that the theme is everyone has a special way of doing the celebration of death.
Tiff
This is a collection of short stories taking place in Harlem in the famed neighborhood of 145th/147th Street.

I like how Myers linked the characters and stories together even though they were told by many different people from the neighborhood.
Sabrina Vega
The urban stories of Walter dean Myers story. Are mind drawing and addictive, Walter dean Myers makes it relatable to our everyday teen situations. Not only when it comes to love, but between family and our community. Showing us how love can be found in the most rarest places and when least expected.We not only learn about positive love , but negative as well. We learn that love isn't easy and reflects a roller coaster , with unexpected ups and downs. this book is very rich in advice and well pu ...more
Mrs. Foley
This book of short stories is by Walter Dean Myers. I like this author very much, but was a little disappointed in this book. I will say that the writing got better with every story and my interest increased also. I think if I had read the book, 145th Street, I would have enjoyed this companion book more.

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On 145th Street, the Curl-E-Que Beauty Shop serves as a loose nexus for both the community members and their stories. Cheryl tries to seduce her best friend's
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Olatunji Coleman
145th Street Stories" is a collection of short tales tied together by the fact that all characters reside on the same street in Harlem. The first story, "Big Joe's Funeral" tells the humorous tale of a Harlem resident who decides to plan his own funeral, while very much alive. He encounters some dissent from his girlfriend's teenaged daughter, but still goes forward with his plans. "Kitty & Mack: A Love Story" is a tale of young love and how life-changing events can alter but not necessarily ...more
Yadira Salcido
I have only read the first story in this collection,titled"the fashion show,bar-b-que,and grand opening memorial service."One theme of this story is.....the theme of this is story was taking a challenge even tough you don't have the person that you really need for support. About this story i thought it was interesting story.At first some stories were confusing but then i read over again and it made more sense.I think that was the theme of the story because even tough they were missing the person ...more
Marisol Garcia
I have only read the first story in this collection, titled "the fashion show, bar-b-que, and grand opening memorial service." One theme of this story is... My message to me was to care and be there for others.To do things that you know you might not be able to, even if you don't have the person that you need. From the story Dad was there for the girl trough everything when dad died he left a running start to the three ladies he loved. I think the ladies (daughters and wife) were not ready to st ...more
Aleyda
I really loved this book! It's the first I've read from Walter Dean Myers but have heard a lot about his writing. This book was a great first read. This is a collection of short stories with characters all from the same neighborhood - even the same street (145th Street). I loved how all the stories were connected in come way and I got an in-depth look at this neighborhood without a straight storyline directly connecting all the characters.

On 145th Street, the Curl-E-Que Beauty Shop serves as a
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Claudia
Myers has given us a real sense of place with this book. I see this is the second book set in 145th Street...I wonder if the two are connected by more than place.

Each chapter is a separate story,with a separate narrator. Myers' ear for conversation and voice shines thru, as each character really does own his or her voice. I felt closest to Abeni and Noe, sisters who lose their beloved father at the very beginning of the book...I think they're in good places by the end. I hope so.

Love, what prete
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Martha M

The book What They Found:Love on 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers is a book that contains several short stories. The stories involve different characters but they all take place in the same general area; Harlem, New York, on 145th Street. The stories all relate to a common theme: love. There’s stories about all kinds of love; parent-child, husband-wife, friends, siblings, and neighbors.

In the story called “Madonna” it tells how a young single mother, Letha, learns to love her baby, Amiri. Letha
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Damaris Barcacel
Apr 11, 2012 Damaris Barcacel marked it as to-read
I just read the fist story in this book: "the fashion show, bar-b-cue, and grand opening service", but I'm starting to love this book! Well, I don't think that I'll get a chance to keep on reading the short stories of this book, but I'd love to. This story is sooo sad. However, it has a really great life lesson(theme): many people will always be remembered even after their deaths. Well, it has may themes, but this theme is the one that I could relate to....when you have someone dear to you die, ...more
Liliana Avila
I have only read the first story in this collection "the old fashion show, bar-b-que,and grand opening memorial services."One theme of this story is that you should always be willing to help someone when they need you because you might be the only person who can really help them. This story helps prove this theme because no one was willing to help Mr.Evans and the only person who could really help him was his daughter Abeni. She was the only person that Mr.Evans felt like he could really relay o ...more
Dain Mun
I absolutely loved this book!! I chose the book because of the title and he is the author of "Shooter". There are short stories contained in this book. There is a father, Mr. Evans and he has a cancer. Her daughter, Abeni is the only one Mr. Evans trust and depends on. However, she doesn't really want to because her dad is going to make her weeping. However, she follows her dad because she knows she is the only one who can help her dad. She does fashion show and memorial service for her dad.
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Jailene Miranda
"fashion show, grand opening, bar-b-que memorial service" is found in the book what they found, by Walter Dean Myers. Abeni's dad has cancer, so he's going to die. Before his family knew about this tradegy, they bought a beauty parlor to start their own bussiness. Abeni's mom was going to be the manager, of course, but after her family found out about her husband's upcoming death, she didn't want to open it. Abeni's father wanted his funeral to help them in some way, so he came up with the idea ...more
Stefanie Arjona
I have only read the first story in this collection, titled "the fashion show,bar-b-que, and grand opening memorial service." One theme of this story is being happy even when life seems to fail. In the story readers first see this theme in place when the dad, Troy Evans, is sick and diagnosed with cancer.Even though the dad is ill, he would like his family to move on with their lives and to open the shop and be successful. Later in the story when the shop was just bought the theme is shown again ...more
Anali
Nov 01, 2011 Anali added it
I have only read the first story in this collection, titled "the fashion show, bar-b-que, and grand opening memorial service." One theme of this story is that you have to move even though there are obstacles in your way and if there is a conflict you have to find the resolution. In this story it shows how the main character in the story Abeni is having a hard time getting through of what her father is going through. Abeni then knows that she has to deal with this situation no matter how hard it ...more
A.J. Rivera
My claim is that Albeni and her family stood strong even in a bad time for her family.This book is a really cool book. One short story in particular, " Fashion Show, Grand opening, and Bar-B-Que Memorial Service." is A very good book. The main character's mother buys an old beauty salon and renames it The Curly-Q. Her family statys happy and proud even though her husband is dying from a terrible illness. The book is an inpirational story with a theme everyone can learn from, which is to stay str ...more
Juan
Nov 01, 2011 Juan added it
I have only read the first story in his collection, titled "the fashion show bar b-Que, and grand opening memorial service."One of the themes of this story is obstacles can prevent you from being able to get to your dream, but that will not stop you from keeping on trying.This is a good example of this short story due to the fact that Troy, Abenis father, has cancer and had a dream to make a funeral like Big Joe.He wanted to do that and also be able to make a grand opening of their new warehouse ...more
Emily
I chose this book to read because it fitted into the category of a book about a different culture and i find that category intresting because i learn about people's diffrent lifestyles. my favourite quote from this book is "There might never be a complete understanding of what they had shared in those frantic moments, or what they had given up of themselves. Or what they had found."This quote says a lot about all the characters in the stories because even through their frantic lives of challenge ...more
Nancy
Nov 01, 2011 Nancy added it
I have only read the first story in this collection ,titled "the fashion show, bar-b-que,and grand opening memorial service.'One theme of this story is that you should always try to overcome sadness when something tragic happens to you. For example, in the short story the Evans family had a funeral because one of the main characters named Troy Evans had cancer so he eventually passed out, but his family like his daughters and wife tried to not get so depressed. They made his funeral how he wante ...more
Victor Cordova
I have only read the first story in this collection, titled "the fashion show, bar-b-que, and grand opening memorial service." One theme of this story is that to accomplish a goal, one needs to demonstrate great effort and confidence, and the theme is revealed: when Abeni's father speaks to her about his upcoming death, when Abeni asks Big Joe for help, and when Abeni's father dies. Abeni manages to handle the tragic news of her father's upcoming death and being able to accomplish a successful ...more
Sarai Martinez
I have only read the first story in this collection,titled "the fashion show,bar-b-que,and grand opening memorial service." One theme of this story is that it's hard to let go of the one who you loved.In the story there is a family that is going through difficulties since the dad has cancer and is going to die, but the one who is most affected by the news is the mom.She is most affected because she is going to let go of the man who she love and who always makes her happy.By the time the dad had ...more
Anna Gonzalez
i have only read the first story in this collection,titled "the fashion show,bar-b-que,and grand opening memorial service." one theme of this story is that the people that are close to you and really care about you will have a difficult time when you die because it would be hard for them to let got of the person they have known for a long time. In the short story, the mom breaks down when the Troy dies because she was his wife and she wasn't ready to let go of him or the precious memories they h ...more
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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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