Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Large Print - 2018
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Grieving for his beloved grandfather, Cool Papa, and forbidden to play the blues by his hardworking mother, Clayton leaves home to seek his grandfather's band, the Bluesmen, but discovers much more.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432850531
Characteristics: 191 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: Morrison, Frank 1971-- Illustrator


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2017 National Book Award nominee. The conjunction of two African-American music genres, both born of struggle, is a colorful backdrop for this lively story. Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story.

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JCLChrisK Apr 06, 2018

An emotional story of a young man experiencing grief and anger that prompt him to test boundaries and push family relationships. Real and affecting.

LPL_JennyC Feb 05, 2018

Clayton Byrd idolizes his blues-musician grandfather, Cool Papa. Clayton plays the blues harp, or harmonica, and longs for the day when he’s invited to play a solo with his grandpa’s group. When Cool Papa unexpectedly dies, Clayton’s mother doesn’t understand his feelings of loss and he must go on a musical journey to get closure. The writing is vibrant and the story is full of heart. Highly recommended for 10 and up!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 06, 2017

This book is very good, and it's very good in several different ways: 1. It's a very moving and convincing portrayal of a kid's grief. 2. It portrays an interesting and complex relationship between a mother and a father without feeling the need to resolve it neatly at the end. 3. It's only 160 pages long, but contains a totally satisfying emotional arc for Clayton as he copes with the death of his beloved grandfather. Rita Williams-Garcia is so talented; fans of her previous work will love this.


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