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CBC Showcase:
Amiri and Odette: A Love Story
Ages 7-12
Illustrated by: Javaka Steptoe
ISBN: 9780590680417
Price: $17.99
Published by: Scholastic Inc.

Amiri and Odette: A Love Story

by Walter Dean Myers

They danced like mist on water/As light as summer breeze./He touched her waist; she kissed his cheek./Her eyes began to tease. Set on the asphalt of a housing project and the concrete of a basketball court, this compelling work by Walter Dean Myers is delivered with rhythms that twist, hover, pounce, and inspire. For Amiri and Odette, love is hard when the streets are mean. Their dance for two becomes a fight for three, and their only chance is to hold fast to the power of being together as one. Part poem, part love story, part rap and rhapsody, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story is a celebration of two hearts that beat forever. Accompanied by the collage-on-cinder-block paintings of Javaka Steptoe, this genre-breaking volume set a new stage for a classic story.