Walter Dean Myers was born in West Virginia. He grew up in the Harlem community. He dreamed of being a professional writer, but since he lived in poverty and had a lack of education, this dream seemed impossible. However, in the late 1960’s he won a contest with his first book; then his first book was published. Since that time, Myers has published dozens of books and has won numerous awards. He currently lives in Jersey City. Some days you may even see him in the public library on Montgomery.
In the short story, “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” you can infer that the story is about a person named Lemon Brown who holds a treasure. In the story the theme is “Everybody has a treasure.” The story is about a young boy named Greg Ridley. He is constantly receiving low grades and must improve. His father must frequently give him lectures and they always end with Greg not being able to play with the Scorpions. One day, Greg goes outside and it’s raining heavily. He sees the lightning and hears the crackling thunder piercing his ear drums.
He flees to the wellbeing of an abandoned building and he sees furniture at hand. He awakes a homeless man and the man attacks him with questions - one involving a treasure. Greg’s curiosity is tickled and he wants to learn more. He later finds out the treasure is clippings of newspapers, a battered harmonica, and records of the blues. Three robbers hear of this so called “treasure” and they want it. Later they are scared off and Greg learns that the greatest treasure is life itself.