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3.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 5 3.04 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Dean Myers Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Zander Scott and his friends Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi are in trouble. Even though they're students at DaVinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented in Harlem, their grades are slipping, and Mr. Culpepper, the assistant principal and chief executioner, is ready to be rid of them.

When the school starts a unit on the Civil War, and kids split up into Union and Confederate sympathizers, Zander and his crew are given a charge - to negotiate a peace between both sides before the war actually breaks out.

That's when Zander comes up with the idea to launch an alternative school newspaper called The Cruiser. What he and his friends learn is that their writing has power to keep the peace, but that words can be weapons, too. Soon everyone at DaVinci is forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause. The result is nothing they could have expected - and everything they could have hoped for.

Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers delivers the first book in a series that will have boys and girls cheering for a group of outsiders who just may be the coolest kids in town.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Ball | 2/20/2014

    " At the Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented in Harlem, the 8th grade is going to study the Civil War in a very unusual way. The whole class has been divided into Union and Confederate sides, and they are itching to go to war. Zander, Bobbi, Kambui and LaShonda are the Cruisers, who believe that grades aren't everything and life ought to be enjoyed more... which gets them into trouble with the assistant principal after they publish an article in their alternative school paper. Their consequence is to become the negotiating team that brokers the peace between the Union and the Confederacy. Articles and editorials in the official school newspaper stir things up, and racism and prejudice create bad feelings all through the school. But it's just a class project, right? Anger leads to talk of violence, and the Cruisers need to find the way out that doesn't get people beat up. Told from multiple points of view, with the newspaper articles and editorials included, this is an exceptional story that gives readers a lot to think about: the First Amendment, racism and prejudice, family issues, and standing up for your beliefs. A knockout for 7th grade and up, especially appropriate for 8th grade with their studies of the Civil War and prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zhane | 2/9/2014

    " i loved this book i read it in a day its breathtaking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/1/2014

    " It was . . . . . . Okay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 1/14/2014

    " Worse than I expected (which wasn't much). Dialogue that felt like an adult trying to write as a teen, boring, unbelievable plot, and lame characters. Not good. Will likely purge this one from my classroom library.-------------------Not expecting a lot from this book, but I'm hoping that I can at least recommend this to a few readers and get it moving off my shelf from time to time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nomi | 1/13/2014

    " Cool premise and I generally am a huge fan of this author but....enough is enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Ly | 1/5/2014

    " The book is pretty good, Not much of a thing. Anyway, I like when the characters fight over about the blacks and the whites, and that's a little races. And that interest me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Moore | 12/31/2013

    " The message in this book couldn't be more heavy-handed. The characters are just sketches and the plot is rather confusing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana | 12/14/2013

    " I think this is one of the most poorly written novel Walter Dean Myers has ever written. It did not make sense, and was completely one sided. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/3/2013

    " Really good eighth grade lit. A couple of unnecessary "I'm such a cool author" crude words, but overall a good story with a couple of not-obvious plot resolutions. Reading level - too easy; plot - just right for 8th grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/25/2013

    " I fairly enjoyed this book, because it shows what the life of a disfunctional family is and how bad personalities are stimulated "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Harlan | 4/4/2013

    " A good idea, but a little skeletal in my opinion. Also, the message overpowers the story. Not myers's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyce | 2/3/2013

    " Could be a good book for Civil War / Civil Right discussion "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delia R | 4/10/2012

    " Thought this was gonna be an awesome nugget of a book. Disappointed. Nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/3/2012

    " I have to say, I just got bored and lost track of what the heck was going on...like a book about a school project...hmmm...not that exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 11/11/2011

    " A little preachy about community service. A number of Christian references, but believable in the contest of the story; should be OK for Battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/4/2011

    " I like anything by Walter Dean Myers. This was a book without a lot of clear-cut "answers" to tough questions, just like real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophia Carter | 7/10/2011

    " It was okay, but these 'cruisers' seem like jerks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 5/9/2011

    " A little preachy about community service. A number of Christian references, but believable in the contest of the story; should be OK for Battle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 4/9/2011

    " My first book by this author. Not fleshed out characters or storyline. Interesting premise, but poorly executed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 May | 4/5/2011

    " It is a good book because I like how the cruisers write news on their own and I like their way of acting toward others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 3/16/2011

    " This book is very good talking about racist people and they solve it by newspaper and they express them seleves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/27/2011

    " This short book about 4 friends at a Gifted and Talented school in Harlem who start an alternative newspaper didn't really work for me. The characters sounded older than 8th graders to me, and I found the story line hard to follow. Maybe kids will like it, but it wasn't my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 12/30/2010

    " I liked this book okay. It's not as poignant as sunrise in fallujah or as funny as What they found, but it's and easy ready for teens who don't want to read a long book. "

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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

Kevin R. Free is a multiple Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Known for his work with young adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult & Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.