Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

eBook - 2017
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From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen-he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.
Publisher: [United States] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, 2017
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ISBN: 9780062215949
0062215949
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Clayton Byrd loves nothing more than playing the blues with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd. He can't wait to be a part of the Bluesmen, but when Cool Papa Byrd dies, his mother forbids him from playing music.

Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own.


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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!

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