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Song for Harlem (2006)

Author: McKissack, Patricia Illustrator: James, Gordon
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of pages: 112 pages

Harlem in its heyday the 1920s is the backdrop for this Scraps of Time story. For Lilly Belle, the capital of Black America is about as far from her hometown of Smyrna, Tennessee as a twelve-year-old can get. A summer program for gifted young writers opens a new world. Jazz music in the street lulls her to sleep, her classroom is in a mansion called the Dark Tower, and the author Zora Neale Hurston is her teacher, helping Lilly Belle come to a deeper understanding of the power of words, especially her own.

ISBN 13: 978-0670062096
Reading Level (grade): 4.1
Reading Level (A-Z): P