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How High the Moon

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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 Dreaming

In the small town of Alcolu, South
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Robin Stevens
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!*
Abby Johnson
It's 1943 and Ella has finally been invited to go stay with her mama in Boston. Raised by her grandparents in South Carolina, Ella has always dreamed of the day when her mama would send for her. Leaving her small Southern town means leaving her best friend and cousin Henry, but Ella knows this is her chance to get to know her mother better and maybe to get answers to her many questions about the father she's never met. Boston is a completely different world where everyone's in a hurry, all you c ...more
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Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terrific historical fiction novel about Ella, a young mixed race girl, growing up in South Carolina in 1943. Ella's mother resides in Boston where she is pursuing her dream of making it big in the music industry. For a brief period of time Ella joins her mother where she hopes to uncover clues about her father's identity. Upon returning to the south she is aghast to learn of the arrest of a fourteen-year-old neighbor boy charged with the murder of two white girls.
With shades of To Kill a Mockin
Ms. Yingling
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Ella is being raised by her grandparents in small town South Carolina during World War II, since her mother long ago went to Boston to pursue a singing career and is now also working as a shipfitter. Her grandmother took in Myrna after her mother showed up wanting help from a midwife and died after giving birth. Along with Henry, her best friend, Ella enjoys church socials and playing outside, but doesn't enjoy the mean girls in town who make fun of her for being li
J.L. Slipak
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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12 yo Ella lives in 1944 segregated South Carolina, fishing, going to school and dreaming of living with her glamorous, jazz singing mother in Boston. When she finally receives the invitation to live with her mother, she’s awed by the fact that Boston isn’t segregated, like her southern home. No one comments on her light skin or tells her what fountain to drink out of. Her mother looks people in the eyes and is called m’am. All is not perfect though, as Ella tries to navigate through bor
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ella loves her life with friends and family in segregated Alcolu, South Carolina, but jumps at the chance to visit her mother up north in Boston. As hard as it is to leave behind her best friend, Henry, and even her sometimes pesky older cousin, Myrna, Ella cannot wait to watch her mama make it as a singer in the big city.

Desperate to uncover news from her mother about Ella's father, whom Ella never knew, Ella ultimately learns things she'd never expected about both her family and the complicate
Mary C
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Clearly a book all young people should put on their shelves. Well written and covering a time for the most part is gone, but kids, 8-12, are seeing a whole different side to our country today and will be aware that bad things happen to good people. I put this book right up there with The Hatchet and Because of Winn Dixie, both enjoyed years ago by my children and I'm sending this to my great nieces and nephews to read.
Ella lives with her grandparents and two cousins in rural South Carolina. They live with the daily burden of Jim Crow - limited in where they can go and forced to use colored-only washrooms and water fountains. Ella's mother left long ago to pursue her dreams of being a jazz singer in Boston, and Ella longs to join her mother, and to find out the identity of her father. The children witness racism in the South and Ella experiences complicated feelings as she works out her place in her family.
Beautiful book about the African American community and how their circumstances and expectations were different in the south and the north during the 1940s. One gut-wrenching miscarriage of justice hits the characters, but somehow life goes on. The writing is multi-sensory, enveloping us in the story.
Shanna St Cyr
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a good book, for her first book
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every chapter broke my heart and then healed it stronger than it was before. Beautiful.
Lisa D.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Difficult subject matter, but thoughtful and considered.
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