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A Song for Harlem Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): McKissack, Pat, James, Gordon C. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142412384     ISBN-13: 9780142412381
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $6.29  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: December 2008
Annotation: Harlem in its heydaythe 1920sis the backdrop for the next 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 getmaybe not in miles but certainly in mind set. 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. Once again Patricia C. McKissack builds an involving story around real events and famous figures.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Creative writing; Fiction.
Harlem Renaissance; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008032314
Lexile Measure: 590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Scraps of Time
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.20 lbs) 112 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 116580
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45082
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Patricia C. McKissack lives in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Gordon C. James lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Gee tells her grandchildren the story of Aunt Lilly Belle as a young girl during the Harlem Renaissance. This historical fiction chapter book introduces readers to real personalities living and working in Harlem, most notably Zora Neale Hurston, who teaches Lilly Belle's writing class. The text is informative and accessible. Sketchlike illustrations help bring the story to life. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

Gr 3–4— In this third title in the series, Gee shares with her three grandchildren the story of her aunt Lilly Belle, who kept journals and had a poem published in Crisis magazine. The aspiring author was 12 when she stayed in Harlem with her Aunt Odessa so that she could attend a writing worshop for young people conducted by Zora Neale Hurston. When Lilly Belle discovered that a snobbish classmate plagiarized the work of a published author, she confronted Alice and learned of her troubled home life. The book ends with Gee telling the children what eventually became of the two girls. End matter includes notes on the Harlem Renaissance. Full-page drawings are scattered throughout. This easy-to-read novel has succinct chapters and sentences that, while simple, convey a feel for the characters and the time, and a vivid sense of place. It should appeal to fans of the series and anyone interested in the era.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

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