Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

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Clayton feels most alive when he's playing music 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 about his family, and himself, that surprise him.
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062215918
Characteristics: 166 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Morrison, Frank 1971-


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Jun 06, 2017

This book is very good, and it's very good in several different ways: 1. It's a very moving and convincing portrayal of a kid's grief. 2. It portrays an interesting and complex relationship between a mother and a father without feeling the need to resolve it neatly at the end. 3. It's only 160 pages long, but contains a totally satisfying emotional arc for Clayton as he copes with the death of his beloved grandfather. Rita Williams-Garcia is so talented; fans of her previous work will love this.


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