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Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
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Mar 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, ya

Mark has to make money so his older brother can got to college, but it‘s the summer of 1925 in Harlem and there‘s lots for Mark to do. He gets a job with "The Crisis" magazine put out by the NAACP, for “New Negroes,” he is told. He helps Fats Waller, who is helping Dutch Schultz unload some illegal liquor, which leads to all sorts of problems.
By the time fall comes, Mark‘s brother has gone off to college, Mark is back in high school, hoping to play music with Fats Waller and sworn off a life in crime. This slight novel is full of brief Harlem Renaissance portraits of luminaries and hoods. I can onlt wish that Myers will write another of these books for an older audience with more complex and detailed pictures of Harlem and the people who live there at this time and place.

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