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Darnell Rock Reporting

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Darnell Rock, a 13-year-old African-American boy, doubts his own abilities as someone who can make a difference, until he writes a school newspaper article about a homeless man that makes people sit up and take notice. "An energetic read."--The Bulletin.
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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I like this story, but wasn't terribly moved by it. It was predictable, and kind of left me feeling a bit disappointed at the end. Still, for what it's meant to be, it was a good, empowering book I hope kids are inspired by.
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Mar 30, 2016 CCIP Middle School rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: socioeconomic

Darnell is a thirteen year old African American student who enjoys goofing off with his troublemaker friends and twin sister, Tamika, and does not enjoy studying or participating in school. As a trade with the principal, Darnell agrees to join the school newspaper instead of his parents finding out about his struggles in school. Darnell interviews Sweeby Jones, a homeless man, for an article for the paper and develops an unexpected friendship. Moved by Jones, Darnell suggests that the school don
May 06, 2014 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2014
This book was fine. Predictable and not particularly well-written. My students did not love it.
Tyler R
Oct 23, 2009 Tyler R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I really liked but not at first the beginning. He reminds me of what I could have done, by being in the school newspaper. I thought about being in the school newspaper but then I turned it down because I would have to come in the morning which I really don't care for I have troubles sometimes getting to school and not being tardy I probally would have taken it if it was after school. Darnell's family reminds me of my family, we have similar families. Of course I don't have a twin siste ...more
Mitchell M
Nov 18, 2012 Mitchell M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darnell Rock Reporting
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (4th to 5th)
Reading level: Fountas and Pinnell: Q
Grade: 4.3
Genre: realistic fiction

Main Characters: Darnell Rock
Setting: Oakdale
POV: from Darnell Rock

Darnell Rock is a kid who didn’t like to write or didn’t think he would be doing any sort of writing other than his homework. He was kind of like me as a kid. “If it’s extra work and it doesn’t count for anything, why do it?” Darnell would rather be chillin’ with friends and his homies,
Oct 12, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read and appropriate for a young reader. The book cover doesn't draw attention to pick up this book, but I did like how the story unfolded in introducing a troubled child to find his voice and see that his words and action can make a difference. This book was culled from our school library since it hasn't been checked out in over 5 years. It was in the Young Adult section, meaning that only 6th grade and above could check it out. I don't recall anything in this book that was too graphic ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 6th to 8th graders
I thought this was a really thought provoking book for a younger reader or a low level reader. There were some terrific ideas in this book to inspire kids to read and write. There were lessons about helping your community, for instance Darnell meets a homeless man and becomes very curious as to how a person becomes homeless. He realizes it's not a choice someone makes, but can be brought on by choices you make in your life. Darnell wants to help the homeless help themselves by creating a public ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darnell hangs out with the bad kids. Well they're not BAD kids, they are just always getting in trouble. Darnell has to do something to get involved in the school or Mr. Baker, the principal, says he is going to tell his parents about all the trouble he's been getting into. So Darnell decide to join the school newspaper. At first the jobs he is given are boring and he thinks he might quit, then he gets the idea to write about a homeless guys who hangs out near his home. His first article suggest ...more
Kris Odahowski
Mar 24, 2013 Kris Odahowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do we develop citizens? Myers wrote a story about unlikely champion of the homeless a Middle School student who just starting to write for a school newspaper. Darnell Rock is every teen nothing special except for the ability to actually see and respond to the world around him. This book should be a classic and must read in America where millions of our fellow citizens have tried and failed to keep the a roof over their heads. An America where so many children live in in poverty and homelessn ...more
May 20, 2014 Amna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Darnell Rock
Sara  Liebman
Good, thought provoking YA story following a young man as he begins to come of age.
N.alex Terrero
Dec 21, 2011 N.alex Terrero rated it liked it
well this book is about a teen named Darnell that doesnt do much in school. but he has one more chance to pull himself together an volunteers to join the school newspaper. Darnell really doesnt wanna be their but makes an effort and soon sees that people do pay attention to what he writes. he starts as a kid that doesnt do anything rite to a person that can make a difference!!! my opinion is an okay boooookkk.
Dec 28, 2008 Meaghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Randomly found this book on the shelf @ BN. Myers did a great job of incorporating aspects of urban life into this story about a kid who could "fall through the cracks." Tackling the concept of why some Vietnam vets ended up homeless and some with solid jobs, Myers sets his scene below the surface (unlike the Kerr book I just read).
Dec 21, 2008 Skozier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about a stereotypical troublemaker who reluctantly joins the student newspaper team and gains notoriety for his reporting.
Jazmine Richardson
I thought that this boook was ok and i notuced that Darnell was INFLUENCED through out the whole book
Oct 19, 2011 Robyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are reading this in 5th grade reading.
A cute kids book Jenny lent me over the holidays.
May 04, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspirational book and an easy read.
it is great
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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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