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Motown and Didi : a love story
by Walter Dean Myers.
New York : Viking Kestrel, 1984.
174 p. ; 22 cm.


Motown and Didi, two teenage loners in Harlem, become allies in a fight against Touchy, the drug dealer whose dope is destroying Didi's brother, and find themselves falling in love with each other.

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Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States


This is a tender, poignant love story set against a backdrop of junkies, threats, danger, and death. Hell-bent on getting away from the streets of Harlem by attending college across the country, Didi feels trapped by her mother's frail mental and physical health by her brother Tony's worsening heroin habit. Motown, almost 18 and fed up with foster homes, lives in an abandoned building, takes whatever honest work he can get, and banks his money. The two come together when Motown rescues Didi from the area pushes thugs, who attack her for trying to turn the pusher in to the police. Given his background, Motown's sensitivity is unusual, but he's been befriended by an old bookstore owner who lends him books and philosophizes about life with him. Having been emotionally bruised many times. Motown is afraid to open up to Didi, while Didi herself fights her growing attraction to Motown because he does not fit into her planned future. However, the pair cannot keep from falling in love with each other. Though the story as a whole is nondidactic, a strong, underlying anti-drug abuse message comes through. Myers obviously cares about his two main characters, and readers will, too.


African Americans Fiction.
Drug abuse Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.M992 Mot 1984
84003632 [Fic]
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