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Carmen: An Urban Adaptation of the Opera Hardcover – April 26, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is one of the most renowned writers working today and has published in many genres, including nonfiction, picture books, poetry, historical novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is best known for his gritty urban YA novels, particularly those set in his beloved Harlem, including the New York Times Best-Selling Monster

Myers has received many awards and honors for his work, including two Newbery Honor Awards, the first Michael L. Printz Award, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Margaret Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the new Virginia Hamilton–Coretta Scott King Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Walter Dean Myers grew up in New York City’s Harlem, where he sets this retelling of Carmen. You can visit him online at www.walterdeanmyers.net.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a quick, enjoyable work. Myers does a great job of creating characters, dialogue, and setting. Like the other reviewers have noted, it is a struggle to understand the book without knowing the opera (which I don't) so I might have gained more appreciation had I better educated myself. Regardless, I think this is an interesting modern take on a classic tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theEPICrat on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A modern-day telling of the French opera Carmen along the lines of what West Side Story did for Romeo and Juliet. Saucy and vivacious chica del barrio Carmen knows how to wrap guys around her finger, so when she sets her sights on Officer José, he never had a chance to resist. Carmen likes undying devotion in her men, but José gets a little too possessive to her liking. She drops him for the flirty rapper-turned-producer Escamillo which leads into a tragically explosive conclusion.

I had been excited to read a Walter Dean Myers' modernization of Carmen, but I was not prepared for a script whatsoever. I wish I had been more familiar with Carmen and the music because it definitely contributed to my confusion as to what was going on and when the characters were breaking into song. As a cold reading, I couldn't picture what was happening - but I wonder how it would play out as a live performance. I'll have to keep an eye out for the accompanying music that is supposed to be part of this retelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woodard on May 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Carmen is an amazing opera that I adore. Other then the setting, this story is relatively similar and I found the story just as enchanting. Myers captured the Opera and made it a quick book. I really enjoyed it, but I think that you are going to have to be familiar with the opera to understand it 100%..
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