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        Walter Dean Myers' Second Chance Initiative

        In Dope Sick, Walter Dean Myers breaks new ground and stretches the boundaries of realism to bring forth a tale of second chances, redemption, and the promise of hope. Inspired by these ideas of hope and redemption, Walter Dean Myers and AdLit.org joined forces to create 'The Second Chance Initiative' to motivate teens to overcome life's challenge, move beyond mistakes of the past, take advantage of the second chances they are given, and make better choices in the future.

        http://www.adlit.org/second_chances

        Inspiration for Dope Sick

        Walter Dean Myers discusses what inspired him to write his new novel, "Dope Sick."

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        Who Is Kelly?

        Walter Dean Myers addresses a burning question about his book, Dope Sick – “Who is Kelly?!”

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        Being A Teen Today

        Is it harder to be a teen today? Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers gives his thoughts.

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        Pre-writing

        Walter Dean Myers shares his approach to pre-writing, including developing an interesting, solvable, problem and identifying characters with depth.

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        Where the Ideas Come From

        Myers discusses the personal experiences he mines for his stories: life as a foster child, growing up in Harlem, a love of basketball, high school truancy, and his service in Vietnam.

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        The Writing Process

        Myers describes his process for gathering research, distilling information, and working with his editor to create powerful stories that engage young adult readers.

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        Magic Realism

        Myers describes his process for gathering research, distilling information, and working with his editor to create powerful stories that engage young adult readers.

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        Writing & Race

        As a teen, Myers found few books with characters who shared his own experiences as a young African-American man in Harlem. He discusses the implicit message this absence sent, as well as his own efforts to feature minority characters.

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        A Recent School Visit

        Walter Dean Myers reflects on his visit to New Directions High School in Arlington, Virginia, and comments on the students' curiousity and good preparation.

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