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Oh what a beautiful cover. Oh what a powerful story of jazz, racism, hope, death and fighting to be who you truly are. It’s 1944, and Ella’s going to be a city girl! She’s off to stay in Boston, where Mama is, where black people can do what they like. It’ll be a world away from living with her cousins in South Carolina, where racial tension divides their seemingly peaceful little town. In Boston, people wear fancy clothes and go dancing. Mum is a beautiful jazz singer. Ella knows this trip will change her life. And it does. It shows her a world beyond segregation: a world of freedom and fresh chances. But reality bites when a friend back home is charged with killing two white girls…
- A moving and beautifully written coming-of-age story
- Powerful themes of racism and living in a divided world
- Also a vivid portrait of wartime and Jazz Age America
- By actress Karyn Parsons, of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
“A beautiful, funny, dangerous tale of growing up in Jazz Age America… One of the best stories I’ve read in a long while.” Emma Carroll
“Karyn Parson brings the same verve, timing, and emotive brilliance that she brought to the screen. Equal parts mystery, historical fiction, and coming-of-age, this is a story full of warmth and light and drama.” Kwame Alexander
*Please note this book contains language more suitable for older readers.
March 7th, 2019
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AR book level: 4.5; Middle years; 9.0 points
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