The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

Book - 2017
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Seventh-graders Jin, Alexandra, and Elvin come from very different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all live in Harlem, and when Elvin's grandfather is attacked they band together to find out who is responsible--and the search leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune, and into conflict with an ambitious politician who wants to turn Harlem into an historic amusement park.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545783873
Branch Call Number: J FICTION TARPLEY
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 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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