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Clayton Byrd goes underground

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia; Frank Morrison
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen -- he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Juvenile works
Contemporary realistic fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita Williams-Garcia; Frank Morrison
ISBN: 9780062215918 0062215914
OCLC Number: 957240924
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)
Horn Book Fanfare List, 2017
National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, 2017.
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2017
NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens, 2018
Target Audience: Ages 8-12.; 710L
Description: 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Rita Williams-Garcia ; illustrations by Frank Morrison.


Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton's devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away  Read more...
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"Clayton's love of his grandfather and his music is wonderfully drawn, as is his grief when he loses them.... Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story." Read more...

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