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Darius & Twig

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  232 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
Jeff Barber
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
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
Jessica Cain
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307, fiction
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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mrs. Strudthoff
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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

“It didn’t do any good being smart. If you were smart and if the world had been right side up, then you would be rewarded for being smart. But the way the word really worked, the way it went down especially when it came to dudes like me, was that you had to walk a path to show you were smart, and it didn’t have anything to do with what you had in your head or in your heart. It had to do with what you scored on tests, the grades you got, and what grades they could send to college.” (pg. 6)
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The type of way he wrote it was a little disappointing; but the plot, setting, dialogue, and character quickly made up for it. It was a fairly easy book in my opinion, and I deeply enjoyed their experiences in New York. The book was all in place, and there wasn't a lot going on to get me confused.

overall; 3.8 stars because It was written poorly, (The narritive parts and POV), it was written in a way only the author could understand, meaning the moral of the story was fuzzy and not clearly de
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is over all a very good book. There was a lot of stuff that I liked in the book. like how relatable all the scenarios are to me and other people that were struggling to reach a goal. But still reaches it. I also like how well the author put a runner and a writer together. They are reaching different goals, but still a great duo. One thing I disliked about the book was that it was kind of too obvious. Like he would run a race with nothing really exiting happen. The author makes it seems ...more
"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
**This originally appeared on a Realistic Fiction for Young Adults discussion board for my Children's Literature class**

Darius & Twig chronicles the everyday life of best friends Darius Austin and Manuel “Twig” Fernandez. Darius dreams of being a writer that changes the world while Twig aspires to be a great runner. Unfortunately, their environment tries to work against their dreams- they live in the poor section of Harlem where violence and other crimes are an everyday occurrence. Darius an
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, fiction, ya
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
Daniel Smith
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Darius & Twig, a novel by Walter Dean Myers, documents the fictional lives of Darius and Twig. Twig wishes to become a track runner, and devotes many hours of his life to practicing, sometimes in places far away from his Harlem home. Darius dreams to become an award winning writer and often writes poetry and short stories for fun. They both live in households where there isn't much financial stability, but manage to live their lives while keeping their goals in sight. They also have issues a ...more
Taylor Melum
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tch-307
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.

Darius and Twig are unlikely friends. Darius loves to run and T
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
Spencer Levin
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Cory Schulz
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
(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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arc, 2013
Walter Dean Myers never disappoints. Darius and Twig are best friends and so different from each other. Their interdependence is at the heart of this novel. Both boys strive to do more than everyone expects them to do. Twig's joy in running is tempered by the reality that nearly every person in his life attaches dollar signs to it. Darius may get a scholarship if he can publish his writing, but he must change first the story. Does growing up mean giving that part of yourself away? Anticipated pu ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darius and Twig have very different personalities, Walter Dean Myers somehow brings them together as best friends and I really like how they both seem to struggle and have problems but they get through the obstacles hand in hand. Darius wants to become a writer and twig is a runner, they both try to excel at what they do best so they can get a chance to escape from Harlem and their problems.
I loved this book and I would definitely read it again.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best friends. Seniors in high school. Darius is a writer. Twig is a runner. They support and encourage each other and have attracted the attention of a few tough guys.
All of the kids in the book are dealing with hard situations. And part of the story is seeing how they face them.
I'm not going to give anything away.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
An appealing little book. I didn't think the eagle plot device really worked or that Myers did enough with it. But otherwise, this story of two teens living and pursuing their passions (for one, it's writing, for the other, it's running) amidst poverty and violence is solid.
Oliver Eastwood
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The plot was okay, but kind of strange and slow. There were some parts of the novel that I just didn't get, and I thought the focus was too much on Twig. The plot is also kind of jumpy, and I didn't get why the Fury bits had to be so central.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The message was good, but it took me way too long to read this book because I lost interest a few times. It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I'm not mad I read it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone else.
Margaret D'Anieri
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I loved the characters and the writing.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quick read. Friendship. Growing up in Harlem and trying to live your dreams. A runner and a writer... Mature issues. Good discussions could follow.
Andrew Hicks
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Darius and Twig was super light and breezy, and I read it almost entirely in one night over some beers - which might account for the way it grabbed me.
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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.

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