Finding Langston
ISBN: 0823445828
EAN13: 9780823445820
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 7, 2020
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.29" H x 8.26" L x 5.47" W
Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves.

It's 1946. Langston's mother has just died, and now they're leaving the rest of his family and friends. He misses everything-- Grandma's Sunday suppers, the red dirt roads, and the magnolia trees his mother loved.

In the city, they live in a small apartment surrounded by noise and chaos. It doesn't feel like a new start, or a better life. At home he's lonely, his father always busy at work; at school he's bullied for being a country boy.

But Langston's new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the Chicago Public Library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston--a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

Lesa Cline-Ransome, author of the Coretta Scott King Honor picture book Before She Was Harriet, has crafted a lyrical debut novel about one boy's experiences during the Great Migration. Includes an author's note about the historical context and her research.

A Junior Library Guild selection
A CLA Notable Children's Book in Language Arts
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, with 5 Starred Reviews
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

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5
   finding solace in poetry
This book was like a second mother to me. His mother, Ethel, died a day after his funeral. His father, Robert, said he and his family moved to Chicago from rural Alabama. In "The Whole Nine Yards," Langston has a hard time adjusting to his father's bland meals, being alone a lot, and a nasty school bully calling him "country boy." While he laments the state of the public library, Tunick also finds solace in the fact that it is open to all races. The library opens a new world of poetry to Langston and other African American writers, curators say. Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Selected Poems" series, "L Langston Hughes's Mother." As we get closer to the end, it becomes more interesting to think about the meaning of life.
 
5
   Excellent Read
I'll be reading to my 5th graders this fall.
 
5
   A Coming of Age Story
He was excited to read it because his name is Langston. Since I have been looking for a way to connect with him, I told him I would read it. The book is a great example of how the great migration through the eyes of the pre-teen explores the effect of the great change on a young boy as he seeks to find himself in a strange and new environment. At the same time, tackling racism and other childhood struggles. Can't read the next installment.
 
5
   A great book for kids and adults to enjoy.
Langston is a heartwarming and educational journey of a young boy growing up in a new city and attending a new school, while discovering his love for spending time at the library and hoping his father will accept his love for reading. This book is a must read for all students.
 
5
   Fourth grader loves this book
In this book, Michael Savage looks at the history of the Underground Railroad, the Great Migration and the divisions that emerged between Jim Crow and Jim Crow. In the fourth grade, the teacher assigned a reader to read the book.
 
5
   Old School & Cool
This book was written a while ago, but the story is engaging and easy to relate to. I fell in love with the main character and read this in like two hours, Morgenthau said.
 
5
   Made my heart happy.
A very sweet and heartwarming story. I'm not ashamed to say that this book is very good. I bought two copies and will be gifting them as gifts to friends and family members who enjoy reading this story as much as I did. I'm so glad I read Langston Hughes. A great first novel.
 
5
   Great book for 3rd and 4th graders
The book is well written and I recommend it to anyone. I am excited to be using it with my students, said Christina. The book is also notable for the use of the words "colored" and "Negro." I intend to have a discussion prior to reading the text with my students about the use of historical language and how it may change over time, he said. Les Clinea-Ransome has created a very engaging story about a young boy moving from the countryside to the city in 1946. In her book, Hepburn captures his emotions and poetically shares his story. I've seen the ending many times, but I'm not a huge fan of ending.
 
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   Real and Heartwarming
I love libraries, and I think Langston Hughes would be proud. This book is the perfect marriage of the two, Simon and Schuster said. A boy who learns to fill the gap of loneliness with the joy of discovering his neighborhood library and the beauty of Langston Hughes' poetry. Les Clinea-Ransome did an amazing job of bringing this story to life, he said.
 
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