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Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father. In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo, and Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, and the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
Mary Rand Hess
Mary Rand Hess is a poet, mixed-media artist, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author of Solo and Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, both coauthored with Kwame Alexander.
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Mary Rand Hess has been writing and editing professionally for over twenty years. She writes everything from poetry, novels, and picture books to screenplays and teleplays. In addition to her writing and editing, she has had the privilege of running an independent publishing company, where she works with award-winning, high-profile figures in the literary, sports, and entertainment industries. Over the years, she has also taught creative writing, drama, art, and Sunday school.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, an educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Page to Stage Writing and Publishing Program. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
Betrayed by those closest to him and stunned by a family secret, 17-year-old Blade Morrison flees his comfortable but chaotic life as the son of a drug-addicted rock star. Seeking answers and closure, Blade travels to the Ghanaian village of Konko, where he gains new perspective on family and belonging. Writing in free verse, Alexander and Hess, who recently collaborated on Animal Ark, strongly communicate Blade’s frustration and disappointment (“I have taken for granted/ the palm trees of Cali... planted by Spanish missionaries/ in the 18th century.... They don’t belong here./ And neither do I”). Lyrics from Blade’s songs (and interspersed references to songs from Lenny Kravitz, Metallica, and others) emphasize the importance of music in his life, both as a link to his family and as a way to express himself. Blade’s interactions with his father, a Ghanaian young woman named Joy, and a child named Sia are especially poignant, so much so that these secondary characters can draw focus. But many readers will identify with Blade’s struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider. -- PW (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01MQGWV5F
- Publisher : Blink (August 1, 2017)
- Publication date : August 1, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1636 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 459 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #280,540 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would recommend this book for 8th grade and up. It is Such a gift to fans and new comers alike and will be loved by all.
The characters were developed to where I began to like some (Blade), dislike some (Chapel), and pity others (Rutherford). I would be interested in seeing what happens next.