The Mouse Rap

Paperback | June 19, 1992

byWalter Dean Myers

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You can call me Mouse, 'cause that's my tag I'm into it all, everything's my bag my ace is Styx, he'll always do Add Bev and Sheri, and you got my crew

...and a crew it is! For fourteen-year-old Mouse, this summer is anything but boring. His father, who checked out from the family eight years ago, is now trying to make a comeback as a dad. Beverly, a new girl from California, seems to like locking lips with the Mouse--but she seems to like other guys, as well. Sheri is trying to persuade the gang to join a dance contest. And there's a rumor that a lot of money--the loot from a '30's bank heist, to be exact--is hidden somewhere in an abandoned Harlem building, and you know the Mouse is determined to get a piece of that action.

"It's summer in Harlem, and The Mouse (as he calls himself) and his friends look beyond dance contests and basketball for diversion.The rumor of a huge cash stash in an abandoned building left by [a 1930s] gangster offers possibilities. . . . Tightly integrated subplots strengthen an already well-crafted novel. Myers deftly paints a humor-laced picture of Harlem in sparkling prose, with characters that have universal appeal." —BL.

1991 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Children's Choices for 1991 (IRA/CBC)
Children's Books of 1990 (Library of Congress)
1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)
Parenting Honorable Mention, Reading Magic Award

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When the Mouse and his buddies hear about loot from a 1930s bank heist shows up in Harlem, they set out to uncover it. The Mouse also has a sweetie, Beverly. His wayward father just reappeared. Walter Dean Myers’ real-life story about life in the neighbourhood, The Mouse Rap, is a fun look at life as a dude.

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You can call me Mouse, 'cause that's my tag I'm into it all, everything's my bag my ace is Styx, he'll always do Add Bev and Sheri, and you got my crew...and a crew it is! For fourteen-year-old Mouse, this summer is anything but boring. His father, who checked out from the family eight years ago, is now trying to make a comeback as a d...

Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, winner of the first Michael L. Printz award, and Harlem, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. The inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for child...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.58 inPublished:June 19, 1992Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064403564

ISBN - 13:9780064403566

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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When the Mouse and his buddies hear about loot from a 1930s bank heist shows up in Harlem, they set out to uncover it. The Mouse also has a sweetie, Beverly. His wayward father just reappeared. Walter Dean Myers’ real-life story about life in the neighbourhood, The Mouse Rap, is a fun look at life as a dude.