Walter Dean Myers was a prolific teen and children's author with a career that spanned more than 45 years. Myers was born Walter Milton Myers on Aug. 12, 1937, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He died July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
Throughout his career, Myers wrote more than 100 books for children and teens, including two Newbery Honor Books: ("The Scorpion" and "Somewhere in the Darkness"), three National Book Award Finalists ("Monster," "Autobiography of My Dead Brother," and "Lockdown"), and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. Myers was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award in 2000 for "Monster". He was also the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
In 2010, Myers was the United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 2012 he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.