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Born Blueby Han Nolan
Synopses & Reviews
It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement. Cursed with a lack of talent in a family filled with artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a summer romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man in Alabama.
King-Roy Johnson shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an angry young man who feels betrayed by the nonviolent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob, he meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-Roy's anger and frustration. But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is right and true.
National Book Award-winning author Han Nolan brings readers a bold new voice--by turns funny and poignant, innocent and worldly--in this powerful coming-of-age story set during the turbulent struggle for civil rights.
She may be poor, abused, and self-destructive, but Leshaya is determined to become a famous singer like Etta James.
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad timeshis mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his fathers deteriorating condition.
Both heartbreaking and funny, Crazy lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.
Leshaya is a survivor. Rescued from the brink of death, this child of a heroin addict has seen it all. Nolan pulls no punches in this hard-hitting story of a girl at the bottom who dreams of nothing but the top. Reader's guide and an interview with the author included.
About the Author
Han Nolan is a highly praised author of teen fiction, including If I Should Die Before I Wake, the National Book Award finalist Send Me Down a Miracle, and the National Book Award winner Dancing on the Edge. She lives in New England.
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