Seattle Blues

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The summer of 1970 starts off badly for 13-year-old Maya. Her mother has sent her to Seattle to stay with the grandmother she's never met; her father is reported MIA in the jungles of Vietnam; and angry Maya's determined to get back home, even if it means running away. But slowly Maya begins to adjust, first befriending an autistic boy-and piano prodigy- living next door, and getting to know her grandmother. When Maya finds a trombone in the attic, she's mesmerized. She learns to play as her grandmother gradually unravels details of her past: Maya's grandfather was a famous jazz trombone player who died in a car crash, and her grandmother was a top jazz singer-who now only sings in church. Maya gradually adjusts to the prospect of life without her father, helps to mend mom's relationship with her grandmother, and takes the first steps to becoming an accomplished musician.

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In addition to my paying gig as CEO of one of the finest small town orchestras in the country, the Walla Walla Symphony, I'm also the author of three books, "Seattle Blues," a novel for teens released March 2009 from WestSide Books, "StringZ," a teen novel released by Westside Books Spring 2010, and  "Elizabeth's Song," a children's picture book published by Beyond Words Publishing in 2003. "Seattle Blues" is a Flamingnet Top Choice Award winner and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year in the 12 - 14 age category.

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Grade 4-7–Exiled to Seattle for the summer with a grandmother she has never met, Maya, 13, is mad. With her father MIA in Vietnam and her mother back in college in San Francisco, she plots to escape Grandma Ruby, at first pouting petulantly and later manipulating the stern widow with false charm. Maya wonders why Ruby and her mom are estranged and searches the old house for clues to her African-American heritage. Maya and Ruby slowly warm up to one another, sharing an interest in Tommy, an autistic boy who is a musical savant and comes over to play Ruby's piano. When Tommy discovers Maya's grandfather's trombone in the attic, Maya learns of her grandparents' shared career as jazz musicians and discovers her own musical gift. She grows from a self-centered, immature brat into a caring, considerate girl sharing genuine love with Ruby, who reveals the tender secrets hidden by her protective shell. The 1970 setting remains incidental to the story. Maya's participation in the local peace movement, only mentioned in passing, erupts in a jarring scene at a protest march, and her fear for her father is underdeveloped. Maya is a very young 13-year-old, with a little girl's emotions and reasoning and no mention of puberty. The sound development of the two main characters and their warm relationship will appeal to upper elementary girls, but this will be a hard sell to middle school readers.–Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
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