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In modern-day Baltimore, a house crouches like a spider, terror takes root in the closet, and Edgar Allan Poe, summoned by a young man’s anger, gets the glorious death he deserved.
“This surprisingly upbeat dystopian tale may remind many readers of Lois Lowry’s The Giver.... Kidd tells an enjoyable story that features both appealing protagonists and well-presented ideas about the importance of creativity and following one’s dreams.”
“In a powerful historical story that confronts uncomfortable truths about racism, Kidd creates strong-willed, contemplative heroines while capturing period details and the energy of the civil rights movement.
“Ever so aptly billed ‘Stand by Me meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ this multilayered historical novel features a quartet of quarrelsome—but loyal in the crunch—13-year-olds responding to the anxieties of the McCarthy-era Cold War.”
“A unique and heartfelt story of a likable girl maturing through an unforgettable summer in American history. An excellent read and a wonderful piece of literature.”
School Library Journal (starred)
“Kidd portrays the music scene with the enthusiasm of a blues fan while mining the layers of racism in a town where ‘There was black. There was white. But there was never gray.’ Johnny has an affinity for the gray, and Sun Records begins to feel like home.”
“A charming, delightful, and well-written novel that will appeal to both sexes.”
Children’s Book Review Service
“The funny scenarios and sharp one-liners give this book instant appeal.”
School Library Journal
“Kidd’s ability to manufacture suspense out of the doings of a youth orchestra is admirable; moreover, his neat plot is executed in a breezy style. Even readers who have never heard of Mozart will find themselves immersed…. Definitely entertaining.”
Benjamin Bean hates computers the way most kids hate homework. Suddenly, Benjy’s worst nightmare comes true—he’s trapped inside a computer.
• Junior Literary Guild selection
“Kidd has a wry sense of humor that never lets up during this unusual case, and his main characters are delightful individualists. The result is a book that is all sizzle.”
Tim Julian has been feeling pretty empty ever since his father died. So when he has to write a report for his eleventh grade English class on a once famous person, Tim suddenly remembers Felix the Great, the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop who had been his father’s hero.
• Books for the Teen Age
“Author Ronald Kidd lends a light and readable style to this well-paced novel. Readers will enjoy the celebrity problems and the inside look at a recording studio as well as the action on the basketball court.”
“The story is beautifully written and deals with both friendship and death in a way teenagers can identify with. I wish I had had this book when I was a teenager and a close friend died.”
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