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About the Author

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Walter Dean Myers was the acclaimed author of a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction for young people. His nonfiction includes We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcom X: A Fire Burning Brightly; and Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. His illustrious list of young adult novels includes Darius & Twig; All the Right Stuff; Lockdown; Dope Sick; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; New York Times bestseller Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; and many more. He was a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; Reprint edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064473112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064473118
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 3, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
Book Review of "It Ain't all for Nothin"

The book "It Ain't All For Nothin" (1978) by Walter Dean Myers is a fiction story about a father named Lonnie and son, named Tippy. Is where Tippy goes through the roughest time adjusting to living with his father Lonnie. Why? Because his father Lonnie abuses him physical and mentally; also he has no steady job. So he steals and robs other people for a living with the help of his friends. And this isn't how Tippy's grandma raised him to live. But he have no where to go after his grandma become ill, and unable to care for the state think?

While reading this short novel I give it two thumps up. This novel is very good. It shows readers what a struggle it can be to live with an abusive person-Especially when you're used to doing the right thing and now you can't even be yourself anymore. It Ain't All For Nothin reminds of another novel I read last year. Black Girl Lost by Donald Gainer. Both novels...are two young black kids who are in an abusive home. [ With no one to rely on in the time of need have despair.] Until one day God must have known this was enough on their tiny hearts and sent someone their way for salvation. But the only thing different about that Tippy in ItAin't All for Nothin is a boy and his father Lonnie abuses him. Sarah, a character in Black Girl Lost is being abuses her mother and her drunk male friends.

The novel's conflict is very dramatic in some of the chapter. Sometime the character Tippy would describe the beating his father would give him. For instance Lonnie thought Tippy would rat him out to the cop about a robbery he made Tippy be part of, so he beat Tippy like he was a man his age. I became upset and angry not just with this one occasion there are many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
(...)I read this book in my Language class. I'm writing this book review based on the review that the other kids made and they put false facts in their review. But my own opinion was the book was great except for the end they never told what happened to his grandmother. This story takes place in New York, Harlem on St. Nicholas Avenue. Just because this story takes place in the ghetto doesn't mean it's bad. The main character is a twelve year boy named Tippy his mother died when she was having him and his dad well you know the deal a black man that stall. Well like any other black kid you know what happened to the kid-- the grandmother takes him. But when Tippy was born his grandmother didn't like him because she felt like Tippy took her only daughter's life, but hated Tippy's father even more. As he grows she learn to love him. But life isn't that good his grandmother has to go in to the hospital and Tippy goes to live with his dad that don't know anything about kids. The book is a great book and the people put you in mind of every day people so it might relate to so people lives. When Tippy first moves with his father he scared and told not to call his father dad. It hurt Tippy, but he tried not to pay to much mind. Then there comes a time when Tippy stop praying because he thought in was no use. In this book a father learns how to be a dad, a young man stands up to his father, (with nothing to loose), he robs stores, but still do what's right. Will recommend this book to any (...)student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm a 7th grade student in N.J and I read this book in my language class. I disagree with what the reviewer "Bored Stiffless" said. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Tippy who lives in Harlem with his grandmother. They live in a 2 bedroom apartment. One day grandma Carrie gets sick and Tippy has to go live with his father Lonnie, and they have trouble living in the ghetto. I liked this book because it was a good book for middle school kids to read. I didn't like this book because it had a lot of crime scenes. I wouldn't recommend this book for other 7th graders because it has a lot of bad language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm a seventh grade student from Sampson G Smith and I read this book in my language class. I disagree with the others reviewers because the book was beautiful and very thoughtful. It's about a 12 YEAR old child named Tippy and it takes place in Harlem and it talks about how doing stuff that you think is wrong is bad and it seems like our world. Tippy was living with his grandmother but she got sick and had to go to the hospital. Tippy starts living with his father and get put on welfare. His father Lonnie is an alcoholic. They lived in a two room apartment. Lonnie has two friends named Bubba and Stone. At first Lonnie was a bad parent but then when you get in the middle he starts to change. This book is really interesting because it's really most about how things in life like problems are really complicated and you going to have to deal with it. The most likely part I liked was the one where Lonnie has tears running and he says goodbye. The one I didn't like was when Tippy gets hit a lot of times. I think other kids should read this book because it really deals with the pressure you go through and it's mostly like when you need to go to get help, go ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Guy on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I began reading this book with my Mom when I was about 10 years old. This book had to be the most vivid and engaging book I had ever read. I began to read all books by this author. This book depicts reality in it's truest form. And for those people who have never been exposed to urban culture, this book gives some insight to what life was like during the 70's and even today. The main character is a 10 year old boy being raised by his grandmother. He experiences different pitfalls through the circumstances he goes through. This book would be excellent for middle school children, especially in the inner city. It can also benefit students in suburban areas who need to learn about urban life. thogh it deals with poverty, it is not about being poor . Although it deals with drugs and crime, it is not about either of those. It is about a ten year boy who remembers the teaching of his grandmother and makes the right choices in spite of the odds being against him. He overcomes his enviroment to escape the trappings of the ghetto. A favorite choice amongst middle school and high school students.
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