Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

By Rita Williams-Garcia, - Harper Collins

  • ISBN No. (10) : 0062215930
  • ISBN No. (13) : 9780062215932
  • Language : English
  • Pages : 176
  • Dimension : not known
  • Cover Type : Paperback
  • Condition : New
  • Complementary Item : N/A
  • Publishing Year : 2018
Price :   $ 7.99 / (1,Pts)
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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.


? “This slim novel strikes a strong chord... [A] holistic portrait of a family in pain, a realistic portrait of grief and reconciliation, and a reminder that sadness and loss are wrapped up in the blues.”

  • -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

? “Williams-Garcia packs a lot of story in this slim book... This complex tale of family and forgiveness has heart.”

  • -School Library Journal (starred review)

“Williams-Garcia writes with keen sympathy about a boy who lost the key adult figure in his life and his rage at his mother’s making the loss worse.”

  • -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“In Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, three-time Coretta Scott King Medal winner Rita Williams-Garcia has crafted an endearing family drama with all the wit, wisdom and resonance of the best blues songs.”

  • -BookPage

? “An appealing, realistic story with frequent elegant turns of phrase. The third-person voice helps to keep Clayton’s story from becoming self-absorbed, as he learns to navigate the literal and figurative underworld and then find his way back to the everyday world of family, friends, and school.”

  • -Horn Book (starred review)

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