Monday, February 25, 2019

Bibliophile's Corner

Finding Langston
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Flap Copy Description:
When 11-year-old Langston's mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago's brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It's lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and at school Langston is bullied. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him. 

My Thoughts:
Picture book author Lesa Cline-Ransome's recently released debut middle grade novel is fantastic! The character development and voice in this beautiful book are exquisite. That being said, at 104 pages, the novel is short enough for even a reluctant reader. I highly recommend Finding Langston to readers aged eight to twelve - and to all fans of poetry. (The poetry of Langston Hughes in particular!)

Click here to learn about the author, Lesa Cline-Ransome.