Here in Harlem Criticism

Walted Dean Myers
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Here in Harlem is one of Myers's many books to be set in Harlem. Like his collection of short stories, 145th Street, it focuses on the residents of Harlem to tell the story of a diverse community without resorting to stereotypes of urban blight, but also without ignoring real and pressing social problems. The characters telling their stories represent a broad spectrum of Harlem society, from those who lived on Sugar Hill, an affluent area of Harlem, to those who lived on the streets.

In the School Library Journal Review, Nina Lindsay praises Myers's skill as a storyteller in Here in Harlem: "Myers's skill with characterization and voice are apparent…. A complexity of experiences comes through vividly in the varying poetic styles…. The rich and exciting text gives readers the flavor of Harlem histories and peoples." A review in Publisher's Weekly is also positive about Myers's...

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