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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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Growing up is tough...really tough. But what if you had a handbook that told you how to figure things out? How to stay out of trouble? How to think about success? How to think about the guy on the street?

At Duke's Place, Jimmy and Kevin find out that the handbook isn't written down. It means listening to Duke and his friends talk about their lives. But how can Duke, a senior citizen, understand what it is to be young now?

In the tradition of his award-winning book Monster, Walter Dean Myers once again breaks new ground with this extraordinary, original, and complex novel about learning to be a man.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/15/2014

    " "Duke's Barbershop" where Duke and the regulars talk about life and try and show the way to two troubled teenagers -Jimmy and Kevin. The conceit is good, but the book doesn't quite make it, although there are flashes of Myers' usual talent. It's hard to say who the audience for this is, as it probably reads better to an adult with some life experience under the belt than to young men to whom it's addressed to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 2/3/2014

    " Very compelling story about making choices and how elders can influence youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Linfield | 2/2/2014

    " Handbook for Boys is about a boy who grows up in Harlem and of course living in Harlem there are a lot of influences and not always the nicest of people. So he grows up making decisions which can be living free or living behind bars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Peng | 1/28/2014

    " there is little action ,so it is not very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Brandes | 1/25/2014

    " Throughout this story, life issues are addressed by the main characters. But children and even adults can benefit from puzzling through this book. Children may need to be supported when reading, but the material is definitely worth the work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/25/2014

    " The book, Handbook for Boys: A Novel, is about how to make the right decision in life before you actually do something. In the book, Jimmy Lynch is a 16 year old teenage boy who have made some bad decisions, but is given another chance by Duke (a neighbor). Duke gets Jimmy out of juvenile detention by making an agreement that Jimmy will start working at his barbershop. Duke also hires Kevin, a 17 year old teen, and wants Jimmy and Kevin to learn about hard work, responsibility and also how to not regret the things you do in your life. Many people who come in to the barbershop are people who make bad choices that they know are bad. And when they leave Duke will ask Jimmy and Kevin what bad choices they have decided to do. Around the end of the story, Kevin made a bad decision to smoke pot and even though he was kind of the victim, he had to go to juvenile detention for a couple of months. At the end, Jimmy learned so much from the barbershop and he has changed from to a troubled boy to a responsible young man. This book is one of my favorite books because it can teach you a lot of things that will encourage or inspire you to work hard and to not make bad decisions in life that you know are bad to do. I think that if people are struggling to make choices, they should decide to read this novel because this novel will show them what's the good and bad in life. Jimmy is a dynamic character because in the beginning, he was a teenager who made bad choices even when he knew it wasn't a good thing to do and there woudl be consequences. But then, when at the barbershop he learned from many people, especially Duke, to think before you want to make a decision that will ruin you. I would recommend this book to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/26/2013

    " My 14-year-old son did not want to read this or have it read to him, but I liked it a lot, and I thought it was a good book for a middle school boy. One chapter was entitled Sex. Who wouldn't want to read this book? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/21/2013

    " Fantastic book for boys and girls. I am going to read it to all of my classes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 11/2/2013

    " I think teen boys may be a bit bored with the story...I was...I really like Monster and it circulates well at my high school but this book missed the mark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cedrica | 6/4/2013

    " All I can tell you is its not just for boys;; Its funny i love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Cato | 5/22/2013

    " Wonderful....great lessons to be learned through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/28/2013

    " A great and accessible book for all boys - and especially those from challenging circumstances - to engage in questions of the choices we make as to how we live our lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 2/27/2013

    " Normally I love WDM, but this book was overly preachy. It would be interesting to teach this to middle and/or high school students, as the book contains many topics for discussion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 10/12/2012

    " I was reading this book for an after school program through the Boys & Girls' Club with which I volunteer. A great easy read for kids. I can see why they like Walter Dean Myers. Unless, however, you are under the age of 15 though I would I not recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ejup | 9/13/2012

    " I liked this book a lot because it was like a rulebook for boys. it taught me all the dos and don'ts for about everything a boy needs to know about. I would recommend this book to all the boys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 12/3/2011

    " Bummer of a book, but a short, cheap one, so not bad. My sister's kids at the ghetto-cademy would do well to read it, because the message is to be responsible for your own choices in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mason | 8/9/2011

    " So far, so good. About a 2 kids getting in trouble and learning what's right and wrong at this guy's barbershop in Louissiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 #1mjfannamedcharles | 5/30/2011

    " I really liked this book. It had a sad and happy ending. I think duke is the most interesting character. The book has some stuff about his life but not enough to write a whole paper about him and his background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/8/2011

    " Kevin and Jimmy are learning life from three gentleman at a barbershop where they work after school. Trouble is, only Jimmy seems to be taking Cap, Mister M., and Duke's advice to stay out of trouble. In the end, Kevin ends up in jail for possession and Jimmy begins to mentor another troubled youth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 #1mjfannamedcharles | 4/3/2011

    " I really liked this book. It had a sad and happy ending. I think duke is the most interesting character. The book has some stuff about his life but not enough to write a whole paper about him and his background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Omar | 1/9/2011

    " This book was alright. It was mostly the same thing over and over again. It got kinda boring towards the end. But some of the content was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 11/29/2010

    " This book is very interesting and also I like the author Walter Dean Miyers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 10/22/2010

    " Very compelling story about making choices and how elders can influence youth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andre | 10/15/2010

    " the book was alright, but it could've been more believable and truthful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 713Ejup | 9/22/2010

    " I liked this book a lot because it was like a rulebook for boys. it taught me all the dos and don'ts for about everything a boy needs to know about. I would recommend this book to all the boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cedrica | 8/15/2010

    " All I can tell you is its not just for boys;; Its funny i love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 8/3/2010

    " Normally I love WDM, but this book was overly preachy. It would be interesting to teach this to middle and/or high school students, as the book contains many topics for discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justins | 12/23/2009

    " This book was about two people living in Harlem. Also how they got into trouble. but mainly just talking about Harlem.

    I could make a text to world connection "

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About the Author
Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937–2014) was the acclaimed author of over fifty books, primarily for young adults. His notable works include Fallen Angels, Monster, Crystal, and Scorpions. He won numerous awards for his works, including five Coretta Scott King Awards for African American authors. He also won the first Michael L. Printz Award for his book Monster. In January of 2012 he became the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch.