2017 National Book Award Longlist, Young People's Literature

Rita Williams-Garcia

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
(Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers)
ISBN: 9780062215918


Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live.

Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

About the Author

Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, which was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Award winners. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist, No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York.


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