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Harlem Summer

By Walter Dean Myers   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439368445 Paperback
176 Pages | 5.26" x 7.56" | Ages 12 & Up

Myers is at his clever best in this witty and action-packed story of a teenager's summer during the Harlem Renaissance.

It's 1925 and Mark Purvis is a sixteen-year-old with a summer to kill. He'd rather jam with his jazz band (they need the practice), but is urged by his parents to get a job. As an assistant at The Crisis, a magazine for the "new Negro," Mark rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's invited to a party at Alfred Knopf's place. He's making money, but not enough, and when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Harlem Summer

"Peppered with hilarious dialogue and serving up an exuberant meld of fact and fiction, this works equally well as a stellar addition to the Harlem Renaissance curriculum and a just-for-fun read." — Kirkus Reviews

"Myers's humorous coming-of-age story reflects the paradoxically playful yet dangerous atmosphere of the 1920s." — Publishers Weekly

"Myers has a wonderful time poking affectionately satirical fun at the legends and legendary figures of a revolutionary decade." — Booklist