Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation)

Discovering Wes Moore The Young Adult Adaptation For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Balti both named Wes Moore One is in prison serving a life sentence for murder The other is a Rhodes Scholar an army vete

For fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Balti, both named Wes Moore One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran, and an author whose book is being turned into a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey Two men One overcame adversity The other suffered the indignities of poverty TheFor fans of The Wire and Unbroken comes a story of two fatherless boys from Balti, both named Wes Moore One is in prison, serving a life sentence for murder The other is a Rhodes Scholar, an army veteran, and an author whose book is being turned into a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey Two men One overcame adversity The other suffered the indignities of poverty Their stories are chronicled in Discovering Wes Moore, a book for young people based on Wes Moore s bestselling adult memoir, The Other Wes Moore The story of the other Wes Moore is one that the author couldn t get out of his mind, not since he learned that another boy with his name just two years his senior grew up in the same Balti neighborhood He wrote that boy now a man a letter, not expecting to receive a reply But a reply came, and a friendship grew, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know each other Eventually, that friendship became the inspiration for Discovering Wes Moore, a moving and cautionary tale examining the factors that contribute to success and failure and the choices that make all the difference Includes an 8 page photo insert.

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  1. Wes Moore is a youth advo cate, Army com bat vet eran, promis ing busi ness leader and author.Wes grad u ated Phi Theta Kappa as a com mis sioned offi cer from Val ley Forge Mil i tary Col lege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop kins Uni ver sity in 2001 with a bachelor s degree in Inter na tional Rela tions At Johns Hop kins he was hon ored by the Mary land Col lege Foot ball Hall of Fame He com pleted an MLitt in Inter na tional Rela tions from Oxford Uni ver sity as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004 Wes was a para trooper and Cap tain in the United States Army, serv ing a com bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air borne Divi sion in 2005 2006 Wes spear headed the Amer i can strate gic sup port plan for the Afghan Rec on cil i a tion Pro gram that unites for mer insur gents with the new Afghan Gov ern ment He is rec og nized as an author ity on the rise and ram i fi ca tions of rad i cal Islamism in the West ern Hemi sphere A White House Fel low from 2006 2007, Wes served as a Spe cial Assis tant to Sec re tary of State Con doleezza Rice Fol low ing his time at the White House, Wes became an invest ment pro fes sional in New York at Cit i group, focus ing on global tech nol ogy and alter na tive invest ments In 2009 he was selected as an Asia Soci ety Fel low Moore was named one of Ebony magazine s Top 30 Lead ers Under 30 for 2007 and Crain s New York Busi ness 40 Under 40 Ris ing Stars in 2009.Wes is pas sion ate about sup port ing U.S vet er ans and exam in ing the roles edu ca tion, men tor ing and pub lic ser vice play in the lives of Amer i can youth He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Vet er ans of Amer ica IAVA and founded an orga ni za tion called STAND through Johns Hop kins that works with Bal ti youth involved in the crim i nal jus tice sys tem Wes was a fea tured speaker at the 2008 Demo c ra tic National Con ven tion in Den ver and addressed the crowd from Invesco Field He has also spo ken at the National Foun da tion for Teach ing Entre pre neur ship NFTE Busi ness Plan Com pe ti tion, South ern Regional Con fer ence of the National Soci ety of Edu ca tors, the edu ca tion reform ses sion of the third annual Race Rec on cil i a tion in Amer ica con fer ence, and the first 9 11 National Day of Ser vice and Remembrance.He has been fea tured by such media out lets as Peo ple Mag a zine, The New York Times, The Wash ing ton Post, CSPAN, and MSNBC, amongst oth ers Wes first book, The Other Wes Moore, will be pub lished by Spiegel Grau, an imprint of Ran dom House, in late April 2010.Wes Moore was born in 1978 and was three years old when his father, a respected radio and tele vi sion host, died in front of him His mother, hop ing for a bet ter future for her fam ily, made great sac ri fices to send Wes and his sis ters to pri vate school Caught between two worlds the afflu ence of his class mates and the strug gles of his neighbors Wes began to act out, suc cumb ing to bad grades, sus pen sions, and delin quen cies Des per ate to reverse his behav ior, his mother sent him to mil i tary school in Penn syl va nia After try ing to escape five times, Wes finally decided to stop rail ing against the sys tem and become account able for his actions By grad u a tion six years later, Moore was com pany com man der over see ing 125 cadets.On Decem ber 11, 2000, The Bal ti Sun ran an arti cle about how Wes, despite his trou bled child hood, had just received The Rhodes Schol ar ship At the same time, The Sun was run ning sto ries even tu ally than 100 in all about four African American men who were arrested for the mur der of an off duty Bal ti police offi cer d

835 Reply to “Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation)”

  1. I think I d like to read the adult version sometime, but this version is very accessible for students and would be a good, quick read.


  2. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore is both an autobiography and a biography This book focuses on the stories of the author Wes Moore and his new found friend Wes Moore Although they are two completely different people who share a name and a neighborhood, their stories are not all that different These men both grew up in the same environment, they were surrounded by drugs, violence,and gangs, yet their live didn t turn out that different Both men faced challenges as children, these challenges hel [...]


  3. This memoir is about a boy named Wes Moore Wes Moore s father dies when Wes was at a young age right in front of Wes It is tragic experience for Wes Wes s mother is having a hard time adjusting without a husband, so she decides to move in with her mother and father in the Bronx There is a lot of roughness in the neighborhood, and it has a bad influence on Wes He turns from and nice boy to a boy who makes bad choices His mother decides to send him off to military school By the time Wes is done wi [...]


  4. I really enjoyed this book, but I think I would enjoy the adult version better That s why I only gave it three stars However, with that said, I know that I would be utterly thrilled to have Wes Moore come to our school I think that he has an amazing story and can has will touch many young adult lives who think that there is only one way to deal with a hard life.


  5. it is a nice book about a guy named Wes Moore and his life story.i like how he was the youngest officer in the military I like how he was a gifted basketball player I didn t like how there was another Wes Moore I liked how he was sent to a military school and it had a impact on his life.


  6. Wes is a stellar story teller who shares the lessons of his life and those of others in a compelling and thought proving narrative.


  7. Wes s mom can not live in the house where her husband died any longer, so Wes Moore is forced to move with his mom and older sister to move to the Bronx with his grandparents Getting acoustomed to his surroundings, Wes begins to skip school and hang out on the street, where he runs into trouble with the police His stopped Wes from taking this path in life and sent him to a military academy, where Wes has become very succsessful Years later, Wes read a newspaper article about a man named Wes Moor [...]


  8. In Discovering Wes Moore, the literary element that carries on throughout the book is the plot After Wes father died he moved from west Balti to the Bronx Wes spends most of his young life growing up in the hood where he gets into selling drugs, skipping school, and doing graffiti His mom sees this and sends him off to military school where he attends middle school and graduates after High school As he gets older, he travels much often and he hears about another man named Wes Moore who grew up [...]


  9. This book follows the life of two men who share the same name These men, named Wes Moore, have completely different lives While one of them goes to military school, becomes a high ranking officer in the military, and becomes a Rhodes scholar, the other Wes Moore goes on a downward spiral of bad decisions that leads him to a life time prison sentence Throughout the story, we see the choices that each Wes makes that helps lead them to their ultimate path This book is always interesting every year [...]


  10. This book is a memoir of one man then contrasted with the life of another man by the same name and from the same city Balti This is the abbreviated YA version only 150 pages Great concept but I didn t like the execution Basically he quickly describes key moments in his own life, leaving huge gaps Then he spends one chapter summing up the other Wes Moore s life The final chapter is him drawing what conclusions he can about life choices He addresses this to young adults, and it could feel a little [...]


  11. This book gives a really inspiring and optimistic perspective to a story that in other ways could be sad and negative Even those of us who have never set foot in the places in this book, the author makes it feel like you have Mainly this book is about how the people in our life, our circumstances, and of course, our own choices, shape us into who we are I would reccomend this book to all people who enjoyed books like Wonder by R J Palacio.


  12. It s not very engaging, and when it finally got good he didn t spend enough time on it This book would not be interesting to middle schoolers He tries to point out the differences between him and the other Wes Moore The only reason he didn t go down that same path is because his mom had the means and the help to send him to private school and away to militaru school That s not going to happen for most urban youth.


  13. This was an audiobook I stared at and considered listening to from my libraries digital audiobook borrowing program Different than the usual book I d be interested in it was eye opening to hear some of things things that happened in their lives but also at the same time not These are people who s stories you hear about all the time The ending was good when you see one of them achieve success and overcome adversity It s sad that the other one wasn t able to do that.


  14. This book is all about two boys named Wes Moore that lived in the same town, but with a different life Author Wes Moore was a trouble maker and grew up and the other Wes Moore lived in the same conditions But both went down different paths I think this book was great for kids to see how decisions affect the outcome of their lives Overall, this book was a super good book.


  15. 3.5 Stars This was a very thought provoking story It made me think about how a simple decision, or series of decisions, can totally alter the course of a person s future I wish all of my middle school students would read it Wes has already led an accomplished life His determination and perseverance proved to greatly shape his future I found his story inspiring.


  16. well written inspiration and motivation for young readers contemplating positive or negative paths in the journey of life.


  17. I missed the Evanston book group about this but wanted to incorporate it into my American Dream unit, so I started with the YA version It did not disappoint



  18. The memoir, Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore tells the story of Wes Moore, a boy who moves the the Bronx, New York, and begins to skip school and hang out on the street After a run in with the law, Wes s mother intervenes and sends Wes to a military school Here, Wes gets his life on track and many years later, reads an article about a man with the exact same name, with the exact same situation as him, but was spending the rest of his life in prison murder Throughout the book, the signification [...]


  19. Note I know it may be a bit confusing who I am talking about, but I did my best considering they have the same name.The book Wes Moore tells the story of how two men choose completely different paths in life, leading them in completely different situations These men share many things the name of Wes Moore, their hometown in west Balti, being Black, and not having a father in their childhood The book shares how although situations start very similarly for these two boys, choices that they made to [...]


  20. Sydney Sheehan Discovering Wes Moore, By Wes Moore, the author and main character, tells his story of a boy used to change This story takes the reader down Wes s path full of unfortunate events His life was turned upside down the minute his father passed away causing Wes to lose his home and move to the Bronx, an area known to have a bad reputation He adapted to his new home and the everyday adjustments but soon began to get caught up in all of the trouble After making changes to his life and go [...]


  21. Caitlin Burke 12 18 14ELA BlueDiscovering Wes Moore, is an autobiography about how two men who have the same name, live near each other in New York, and how one, out of the two, turned his life around while the other failed In the beginning of the story, Wes s father died before he and his family moved Therefore, he started to hang out with the wrong crowd and started to sell drugs Wes s mom sent him to a military school where, he learned that it was important that he stayed away from the dredge [...]


  22. The book, Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore is a unique and well developed memoir that jumps into the lives of two young African American men who share the same name and grew up impoverished on the same city streets but end up taking completely different paths The overall main theme of this book is, your decisions choose your destiny At a young age Wes father unknowingly passed away resulting in Wes moving to the Bronx with the rest of his family While Wes was starting his new life in the Bronx [...]


  23. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore is the gripping story Wes Moore and how he grew up in west Balti without a father, got in a bit of trouble, but set his life back on track when his mother intervened Wes Moore went to college and received a medical degree from oxford Years later Wes is reading the newspaper and sees that another Wes Moore in west Balti shot a police officer and was sentenced to life in jail Wes sends the man a letter, receives a letter back and builds after many visits and lett [...]


  24. Discovering Wes Moore, by Wes Moore is both an autobiography and a biography, with both stories eventually coming together at the end The book follows Wes Moore, an African American boy from Balti, who grows up on the streets of Brooklyn After getting in trouble with the police and dealing with dropping grades, his mother sends him to military school He turns his life around and graduates military school and after that John Hopkins He goes on to serve in the army and then takes on an array of jo [...]


  25. Discovering Wes Moore is a memoir by Wes Moore about the childhood of Wes Moore It tells the story of how Wes Moore started going on the wrong path, but came back to good Wes was raised in Washington D.C He lived there until his father died After his father died his family moved to the Bronx to live with their grandparents Wes was a good boy, who did not get into much trouble however, the Bronx was becoming a place filled with crime as Wes grew up there Wes eventually got pulled into the crime, [...]


  26. Discovering Wes Moore, by Wes Moore, is a biography about an african american man who lived through many struggles and obstacles that he had to overcome He worked very hard in school and stayed out of trouble to meet his mothers high expectations Wes father died when he was only a little boy and from then on he knew he needed to work very hard to care for his newly single mom Growing up, he lived in Balti, and then after, him, his mom and his sister, Nikki, moved to the Bronx for a better life W [...]


  27. The book Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore is a sad story This autobiography is a sorrowful tale of one boy growing up Wes is a dark skinned kid from Balti, Maryland He wasn t the tallest kid, but he also wasn t the shortest He has a kind face and brown eyes He was named after his father, Wesley His father was 6 foot 2 inches, thin, had a bushy mustache and a trimmed afro His mom, Joy, is a Jamaican woman with a kind heart She really only wants what s best for Wes Wes has two sisters The oldest [...]


  28. Trinity Walker 12 18 14Didonato green Book Review Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore himself is a very inspirational, non fiction book that everyone will love It starts off with a boy, named Wes, that has a wonderful family that lives in Maryland A stay home mom, a hardworking dad, and a loving older sister, Nikki It was a loving family until Wes s dad became sick His dad s throat was closing but, he didn t realize because the doctor gave him numbing pills to numb the pain The next day, his dad [...]


  29. Kyra Moorhead 1 8 15ELA REDDiscovering Wes Moore The book that I read was called Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore This book is an autobiography that was a factual yet boring read In the book, Wes Moore was a troubled kid when he moved to live with his grandparents in the Bronx He went to a good school but was never the best student He felt like he didn t fit in His mom later then sent him to a military school where he learned that a good education and discipline is vital to live an extraordina [...]


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