Darius & Twig
Award-winning author Myers (All the right Stuff, 2012) is at his best in this story of friendship and the strength required to live your own dream. Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. Best friends since they were 9, the two 16-year-olds struggle with growing up in a Harlem neighborhood marked by cruel bullies and the absence of adults. Darius and Twig push each other to do their best and to find the best within themselves, rather than becoming victims of their circumstances.