The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

Book - 2017
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Seventh-graders Jin, Alexandra, and Elvin come from very different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all live in Harlem, and when Elvin's grandfather is attacked they band together to find out who is responsible--and the search leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune, and into conflict with an ambitious politician who wants to turn Harlem into an historic amusement park.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545783873
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 22 cm


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

When an elderly man is attacked in the same garden where a rare painting was discovered, sixth graders Jin, Alex and Elvin decide to investigate. What they find reopens a decades-old neighborhood mystery, one that needs solving - and fast! History and mystery are blended with social activism in t... Read More »

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ArapahoeStaff1 Jan 12, 2018

What a fun, cute story! I love the friendship that three strangers form--all of them quite hesitant to work together at first. The fact that the author combines historical Harlem, art, and a mystery, just keeps the reader on their toes. There is diversity, growth, strength, betrayal, and an appreciation for Harlem that is absolutely beautiful! I will say, however, I was a little confused about the character of Rose, and what her role was--she kind of got left out, even though she is the best friend. I would have loved to see all four of the teens befriend one another.


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