Who is the main character in Game by Walter Dean Myers?

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The main character of Walter Dean Myers's Game is Drew Larson, a High School senior living in Harlem. Drew's life largely revolves around the game of basketball, at which he excels more so than any other player on his team. Drew dreams of playing basketball at a college and...

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The main character of Walter Dean Myers's Game is Drew Larson, a High School senior living in Harlem. Drew's life largely revolves around the game of basketball, at which he excels more so than any other player on his team. Drew dreams of playing basketball at a college and perhaps even professional level, which his loving family supports. This nurturing environment is juxtaposed against the brutal reality of Harlem, where crime, poverty, and abuse run rampant.

Drew finds conflict in his life when two white boys from the Czech Republic join the team, and one of them is a talent comparable to Drew. With scouting season approaching, this is extraordinarily frustrating. Drew balances this with school and the woes of life in his troubled neighborhood that he hopes to overcome.

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The main character in Game by Walter Dean Myers is a teenager living in Harlem who plays basketball. He is a very good player and his basketball game has given the dream of a lifetime. This young man's name is Drew Larson. In Game, he is a senior at James Baldwin Academy and plays guard on the basketball team.

Drew lives in a rough neighborhood. Even though he has loving devoted parents and a helpful younger sister, there are drugs and dealers on the corners, there is poverty and hopelessness around every corner and there are a of people who never had a dream or who lost their dreams. Drew is determined to see his dream through. He focuses all his energies on giving his best for the team and for the colleges coaches and scouts who come out to find new talent for their college teams. Drew gives his all, even when the unexpected happens and his hopes for living his dream begin to fade.

 

[In the links below, you'll find a reliable link to a series of video interviews with Walter Dean Myers.]

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