Finding Langston

 
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In this poignant story eleven-year-old Langston overcomes bullies and loneliness, discovers the public library and the poet Langston Hughes, and makes a new home his own.

Langston's mother has just died when he and his father leave rural Alabama to make a new home in Chicago's South Side of the 1940s. It's lonely in the small apartment with just his father and at school he's bullied.

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.

A moving story of one boy's experiences during the Great Migration.--from the publisher

112 pages             978-0823439607               Ages 8-12

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Really liked this book. Rather surprised it has not had more reviews. Great introduction to Langston Hughes. Actually picked it for a couples book club...and then asked members to read some Hughes poem and bring a favorite one to read at our meeting.
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