The Day That Elvis Came to Town: A Novel

Marino, Jan

Published by Little Brown & Co, 1991
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Synopsis: Wanda feels betrayed when her parents' glamorous boarder doesn't introduce her to Elvis Presley, and it takes a near-tragedy to reunite them and to help her face the truth about her family and herself.

From School Library Journal: Grade 6-8-- A memorable story about the assorted loves that ameliorate life's tragedies. Wanda has always resented the boarders her mother takes in to offset the money her father spends on drink, but she is thrilled when her own room is rented to a glamorous jazz singer, Mercedes Washington, who makes Wanda feel pretty and smart. Best of all, she once went to school with Elvis Presley, and Wanda imagines that Mercedes will be able to arrange a meeting for her with the singer. But the house of dreams that Wanda has built crashes when she hears her nasty Aunt April May, also a boarder, call Mercedes a "nigger" who is "passing." In the South of the early '60s, Mercedes's situation is a hard one: although she is a star, she cannot eat dinner with her guests; Wanda's mother is the only person who would rent her a room. And, as she confesses to Wanda in a tender, sober scene, she wasn't in Elvis's school long enough to get to know him. She was expelled because Negroes and whites did not go to school together. The subtleties of the story are seen through the naive eyes of adolescence and unfold like clues to a mystery--and like Wanda, readers will be wooed by Mercedes's generous spirit. This novel teaches without being didactic, exploring both racism and alcoholism appropriately and powerfully. But most of all, the characters--even the most disagreeable ones--are drawn with affection. --Marjorie Lewis, Scarsdale Junior High School, NY
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Title: The Day That Elvis Came to Town: A Novel
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publication Date: 1991
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