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Walter Dean Myers reads an excerpt from his novel “Dope Sick”

Walter Dean Myers, two-time Newbery Honor winner and five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, reads an excerpt from his novel Dope Sick; a powerful story of drugs, violence — and second chances.

The book also inspired the Second Chance Initiative — an effort 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.

Listen to Myers read an excerpt from Dope Sick and discover what inspired it.

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Middle grade and YA author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

“It’s a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken”
― Walter Dean Myers, Scorpions