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145th Street: Short Stories

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A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who starts having prophetic dreams after her father is killed; Kitty, whose love for Mack pulls him back from the brink; an ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Award-Winning author Walter Dean Myers offers a multi-faceted view of urban life in this collection of ten loosely-connected stories, all of which take place in Harlem. These stories are very short but feel lived-in and complete, and Myers writes convincingly from many perspectives and in many different voices. Though slang is sprinkled throughout the book, it is neither distracting nor offensive and helps create believable and sympathetic characters in a fairly brief amount of space, bringing t ...more
The book 145th street Shot Stories, is about a guy name Big Joe who wants to throw himself a funeral partie even though he is alive. He is very popular on the streets, so he invites alot of people to come to his Funeral partie. Most people that Big Joe invited, said no i'm not going because you are not dead and that it is not right to act like your dead because thats making fun of the dead people, and hurting many peoples feelings like that because most of the people lost someone very important ...more
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was mainly about the usual things that happen on 145th street. This book didn't focus on only one character it focused on a few since there are ten stories written in this one book. Each story focused on the good and bad stuff of what happens on 145th street. Some stories in the book talked about how people don't always make such great choices in life. And some of the other stories talked about conflicts in life.

I'm going to do a text-to-self connection to Peaches. I think i can connec
Debbie Germosen
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
This is a great, honest, and well-written story collection for young readers. My daughter was reading it with her 8th grade English class and I decided to get myself a copy. She and I exchanged a few of our favorite stories and were able to have some great discussions as well as share our perspectives - definitely worth checking out!
Dylan Johnson
Dylan Johnson

145th Street, Walter Dean Myers

Peaches Jones is an outgoing African American teen from Harlem that can be rough around the edges sometimes.

Big Joe is a central character in the neighborhood he owns Big Joe’s barbeque joint that sits on the corner of 145th street. Big Joe is beloved by everyone in the neighborhood and respected as an elder.

Willie Murphy is in his 30’s, he believes that because of his age he knows everything, and Willie can come off to be quite annoying to ma
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Name: Josephine Wold

APA Citation: Myers, W. D. (2000). 145th Street Short Stories. New York: Delacorte Press.

Genre: Short Stories

Award: n/a

Format: Print

Selection process:
1) Reviews by Booklist and School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.
2) By the 1994 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner.

You may start out thinking you don’t want or need to read about the quirky poor people who live on a particular street in Harlem. But as you read you begin to come to know you are connecting with the real
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Name: Leslie Short

APA citation: Myers, W.D. (2000). 145th Street Short Stories. New York, NY: Random House

Genre: short stories

Format: Print

Selection process: ALA – YALSA Best Book for Young Adults; Booklist review


145th Street is a collection of short stories told about the residents of 145th street Harlem. The stories are full of humor and/or hardships, but each of them proved to be entertaining. Big Joe hosts his own funeral with a life insurance check he received for cancelling his lif
Johnnayea Edmond
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to review to assist my school district in making the decision on whether or not it should be added to the middle school curriculum. These short stories would open up many windows to have higher level thinking about many facets of urban inner city life. So many of the experiences touches or have touched the lives of the students within the district. There is: police contact, addiction, gang violence, low self esteem, lost dreams, and gun violence to name a few. There is also a pe ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was basicly short stories rolled into one book. Each of these stories have a different plot to them and take a different turn with each of them. In one story a girl can predict if a person can die. But in a different story a student has to fight a gang. Each of these stories has an interesting plot to them.

I think that this can connect to real life situations to. Many things in this book could happen on your own nabourhood. That is why I believe that it was based on real people. That i
This book is about little stories put in to one story. This is a short stories book and the stories are about a guy who plans a fake funeral for i don't know what reason. Another story is about a girl named peaches and her life story about her and her friends. There's a couple of stories with big Sal in it the guy who planned the fake funeral's.

I would connect this book to text-to-world because these stories are about real peoples lives and i bet people can connect to how those people wrote th
Jessica Giron
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story was about two children and a dog and one older lady who experienced injustice. The dog and one child get shot and killed.Mary Brown gets her house shot up by the police. The narrator is forced to go with Mary Brown and the police to the appartments. Throughout this story each character expericences injustice.

The story "Monkeyman" shows injustice. The main character Monkeyman is being targerted by a gang called the Tigros. He helped a girl, Peaches, from getting cut by
Raven Kight
Jan 08, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This Book Is Good It Has Alot Of Short Stories About Whats Going On 145th Street Some Of The Characters Name Is MonkeyMan,Angela,Peaches,Big Joe Etc. The Book Is Mixed Up There Are Good Times And Bad Times You Never Know What Is Going To Happen Next. The Genre Of This Book Is Fiction And Mostly Drama.I Think This Is Drama Because Mostly Bad Things Happen Someone Getting Hurt Of Dieing But Its Not All Drama Good Things Happen
I accidentally read the sequel to this, What They Found: Love on 145th Street (, first. That book was incredible.

I liked all the stories in this one, but I enjoyed the first half much more than the second half and overall found it lacking the heart I loved so much in the sequel and enjoy in so many of Meyers' books.
A.J. Rivera
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very interesting book. It explains many themes. one that occurs frequently is injustice. it has many stories including "The Streak" "The Baddest Dog in Harlem" and " Big Joe's Funeral"
Cindy Perez
145th Street was also a good book . This book is also my type of books because it's also of stories in one whole book very incredible. Great Book !
Karla Olivas
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first story, "Big Joe's Funeral" is about the humorous resident in Harlem who decides to plan his own funeral, while he was stil living. He encounters some pronlems from his girlfriend's teenage daughter, but still proceeds with his FAKE funersl plsns.This story was good. It was a good way to see if people really care about you. But At the end of the story someone really died. So it showed that death is serious and should not be taken as a joke, because people lose their lives everyday.

The S
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What kind of things happen on the fictional street that Myers has created in his short story collection: 145th Street? Some are hilarious such as those recounted in Big Joe’s Funeral and in The Streak. In the first, Big Joe decides to cancel his life insurance, collect eighteen thousand dollars, and throw himself a funeral the way people throw a party. Peaches doesn’t think Big Joe should mess around with death, which isn’t a conflict that seems as if it would be all that funny. Except after Pea ...more
I read the book 145th street: Short Stories. Walter Dean Myers explain what 145th Street is like. Something funny happens... and then something bad happens. It's almost as if the block is reminding itself that life is hard, and you have to take it seriously." Walter Dean Myers's book of interconnected short stories is a sweet and sour mix of the comedy and tragedy of the human condition, played out against the backdrop of the Harlem neighborhood that is centered around 145th Street. In this 'hoo ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walter Dean Myers,an award winning author, offers a 1st person multi-faceted view of urban life in this collection of ten loosely-connected stories. Some of these stories are hilarious such as "Big Joe’s Funeral," To exemplify, in "Big Joe's funeral", he cancels his life insurance and collects eighteen-thousand dollars. What he does with this abundance amount of money is the problem. He decides that he will throw himself a funeral and after, celebrate. He is still alive, however, he wants to br ...more
Sandra Strange
This book includes short stories that span the Harlem African American experience. Some show the despair and bleakness, but most celebrate people sacrificing and defending each other. Example: “Monkeyman” actually comes from Myers’ own experiences reading books up a tree and defending a weaker person from a gang attack and becoming the target of that gang: the protagonist is beaten by the gang, but decides NOT to resist, and to make gang members beat him in front of his grandfather and others of ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story telling in this book combined light and gritty successfully. Like eating sweet and salty taffy, reading this book was very satisfying. Author Walter Dean Myers takes the reader into a world that is tough but sweet, where the grim violence of every-day survival is tempered with laugh-out loud moments that leave tears streaming down your face.

The writing style was simple and informal. I was introduced to every character like I was meeting them at a community breakfast. And I loved ever
Sebastien Kerr
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that 145th Street was an incredible collection of short stories by Walter Dean Myers. Every story is connected to each other and the more that you read you get a better sense of 145th street and understand why the things that happen there, "don't happen anywhere else in the world." There were many stories that I enjoyed but if I had to pick my favorite I would choose the first one, "Big Joe's Funeral." This title of a short story would make one think that it is going to be a depressing ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flor Cristerna
Walter Dean Myers

What this book was about is the everyday lives of these people on 145th street. They are short stories explaining how the people struggle and the morals behind each story.for example The story called "The Baddest Dog In Harlem",this one is about how a shooting happens and then they think there is a shooter on the room and the lady then opens the door to see that her dog is dead and that a little boy in the other room is dead as well.

Why did i choose this book?
I cho
In this book of short stories the author cleverly spins several tales of life on 145th street in Harlem. The stories are a mix of humorous, serious, sad, and everyday experiences; in this way it feels as if you’ve come away with a slice of everyday life on this particular street. The voices of each of the characters encountered are strong and unique in a way that makes it so that everyone stands out in each short story. This was a quick read, but one that you will remember. Each story has a less ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reading 145th Street reveals a series of stories that refers to neighborhoods that are close as being a whole family. These short stories are very interesting because it relates to real life situations, such as violence, gossip on the street and gossip while getting a haircut at the barbershop, and even the family hood that the street shows. The reason why I chose to read this book is to give it a comparison to real life and how situations occur similarly. Even though it may have different situ
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bob by: Dolly Johnson
Shelves: family
I read this as part of a project with my learning partner in Computers4Kids and was pleasantly surprised. The stories cover a wide range of "moods," project a positive attitude with a degree of realism, and work wonderfully as a "cycle." The stories about Big Joe that begin and end the book ("Big Joe's Funeral" and "Block Party - 145th Street Style") demonstrate the power of community to overcome personal and social problems. "The Baddest Dog in Harlem," "Fighter," and "A Story in Three Parts" ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Canei Holloman
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up this book I did not think that I was going to Like it. By time I was done with the first chapter about Big Joe I could not put it down. This book have many different stories within it that gives you a border line glimpse of NY. There are many different stories in this book that is not based off of the previous chapter. There are many cliff hangers that I feel should have been ended so I would feel a little better about the book but other than that it is actually a really g ...more
Julie Suzanne
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban middle schoolers who aren't really readers yet
Recommended to Julie by: Barnes & Noble: Educator's presentation
So this is my intro to Walter Dean Myers, who everyone recommends to middle schoolers. My son (7th grade) and I read the first two stories. Very urban setting, nothing we could relate to, and the stories were the type that just makes you wonder why we just read that. It's like a kid telling you the story of a shoot out in the neighborhood in great detail (without any better use of language than a kid on the street narrating over, say, a hot dog) and then he concludes describing how it culminated ...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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