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How High the Moon

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim Crow South. "Timely, captivating, and lovely. So glad this book is in the world." --Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl DreamingIn the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina, in 1944, 12-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running around with her best friend Henry and cousin Myrna. But life is not always so sunny for Ella, who gets bullied for her light skin tone, and whose mother is away pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston. So Ella is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. Little does she expect the truths she will discover about her mother, the father she never knew and her family's most unlikely history. And after a life-changing month, she returns South and is shocked by the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of...

Title : How High the Moon
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ISBN : 9780316484008
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages
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How High the Moon Reviews

  • Lynda

    All the description is "Jim Crow south," so that is what this book is about. Ella wants to be with her mother instead of with her grandparents and cousins in the south -- until she goes there.

    Tells the story of her visit to her mother in Boston, and the injustice of blacks in the south, but it doesn't really have any "pizazz" to it. In fact, it seems like the moral is that life is disappointing but it goes on. Which can be true, I suppose, but not a children's book about it!

  • Lisa D.

    My review/interview with Karyn Parsons for Black Girl Nerds!

  • J.L. Slipak


    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

    This is a complicated middle-grade book.

    So I’m a huge, huge fan of books like, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “The Help,” “The Butler,” etc. Love stories where injustices are overcome by strength of character, bravery and the need to do what is right.

    History is full of horrific injustices against, women, African Americans, immigrant white children, Chinese, I can go on and on and on. So when a beautiful eye-opening book comes along that

  • BrookesEducationLibrary

    Available to read in the SEC at Harcourt Hill Library now! :)

  • Robin Stevens

    A beautifully-written story about a black family growing up in segregated South Carolina in the 1940s. They're swept up in a terrible murder case, but that's not really the heart of the book - it's all about hope, love and finding your place in the world. (8+)

    *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*

  • Kelly Veatch

    This is the best children's book I've read in a long time. As an elementary school librarian, I am always on the search for good historical fiction. I will definitely be adding this to our collection. Great story!