Friday, October 19, 2007

A Song for Harlem

Patricia McKissack's Scraps of Time: 1928: A Song for Harlem.

A Song for Harlem is a chapter book--historical fiction chapter book--for young readers. Apparently, this is one in a series of books, but I haven't read the rest of the series. (The first apparently is Scraps of Time: 1960: Abby Takes A Stand. The second book is Scraps of Time: 1879: Away West. As far as I can tell, they can stand alone quite well. The main premise is that two children are going through things in the attic (or some other activity done with grandma) and are hearing stories about their family's past. In this particular book, the children are learning about their great-aunt (or maybe great-great aunt) Lilly Belle who spent a summer in Harlem going to a writer's workshop with Zora Neale Hurston as one of her teachers. The book is about Lilly's journey to finding her voice. It is a good read. And I would definitely recommend this series for young readers. Patricia McKissack is great like always.

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