The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is. Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.

When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune-one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park. But if they don't find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved

neighborhood will ever be the same . . .

In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.
Publisher: [United States] : Scholastic, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545783873
Branch Call Number: J FIC Tarpl
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeStaff1 Jan 12, 2018

What a fun, cute story! I love the friendship that three strangers form--all of them quite hesitant to work together at first. The fact that the author combines historical Harlem, art, and a mystery, just keeps the reader on their toes. There is diversity, growth, strength, betrayal, and an appreciation for Harlem that is absolutely beautiful! I will say, however, I was a little confused about the character of Rose, and what her role was--she kind of got left out, even though she is the best friend. I would have loved to see all four of the teens befriend one another.

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