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How High The Moon

How High The Moon

Boston was nothing like South Carolina. Up there, colored folks could go anywhere they wanted. Folks didn't wait for church to dress in their fancy clothes. Fancy was just life. Mama was a city girl . . . and now I was going to be one too. It's 1944, and in the small Southern tow... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241346891
Barcode 9780241346891
Published 19 March 2019 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Parsons, Karyn
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ISBN-13 9780241346891
ISBN-10 0241346894
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 19 March 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Parsons, Karyn
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Historical Fiction
Racism, Sexism & Prejudice
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 256g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 961727

Description of this Book

Boston was nothing like South Carolina. Up there, colored folks could go anywhere they wanted. Folks didn't wait for church to dress in their fancy clothes. Fancy was just life. Mama was a city girl . . . and now I was going to be one too. It's 1944, and in the small Southern town of Alcolu, South Carolina, eleven-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running wild with her cousins. But life is not always so sunny. Ella's mother lives far away in Boston, dreaming of being a jazz singer - and the simmering tension of a town divided by race is ever-present. Ella is therefore ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit. While in Boston Ella searches for evidence of the father she's never known, and also has her eyes opened to the possibility of a life she'd never dreamed of - one where African Americans can do as they please, and are respected. But her happiness is shattered when she returns home to the news that her classmate, George, has been arrested for the murder of two white girls. And nothing will ever be the same again.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One of the best stories I've read in a long while * Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse and Secrets of a Sun King * As compelling as Brown Girl Dreaming, as character-driven as One Crazy Summer, and as historically illuminating as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry * Kirkus (Starred Review) *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

aryn Parsons is perhaps best known for her role as Will Smith's ditsy cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn went on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories about unsung black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. The serie has been screened on HBO and Netflix, and is enjoyed by schools and libraries across the USA. How High The Moon is Karyn's self-authored debut middle grade novel. She lives and works in New York.

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