"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" by Walter Dean Myers is a story about Greg Ridley, who starts off having a bad day. Doing poorly at school, he is positive his dad is going to tell him he can’t play basketball for the team with whom he’s been dreaming of playing. Two nights after Mr. Ridley banishes Greg to his room to study, Greg decides to leave the house and just get away. He goes to an abandoned warehouse, where he meets Lemon Brown. Through his interactions with Lemon, Greg begins to reflect on his life.
Greg gets in trouble for his poor grades. He gets grounded by his father who lectures him and tries to explain that his education is more important than playing basketball.
Instead of staying home and studying, Greg leaves the house and goes to an old abandoned building where he thinks about his life. There he meets Lemon Brown, a homeless man who teaches him an important lesson about life.
After hearing the story of Lemon’s life, and finding out that treasure doesn’t mean that something is worth a lot of money, Greg goes home to confront his problems and learns the true value of life and the importance of family.