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Leaving Lymon



by
Lesa Cline-Ransome

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823444427
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Child Abuse
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Lymon’s father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm—the Mississippi State Penitentiary—and his mother, whom he doesn’t remember all that much, has moved North. Fortunately, Lymon is being raised by his loving grandparents. Together, Lymon and his grandpops share a love of music, spending late summer nights playing the guitar. But Lymon’s world as he knows it is about to dissolve. He will be sent on a journey to two Northern cities far from the country life he loves—and the version of himself he knows.

In this companion novel to the Coretta Scott King Honor-wining Finding Langston, readers will see a new side of the bully Lymon in this story of an angry boy whose raw talent, resilience, and devotion to music help point him in a new direction.Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Child Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 6

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Family problems. Moving households. African Americans. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Twentieth-century US history. Chicago, Illinois. Conduct of life. Fathers and sons. Grandparents and grandchildren.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This companion to Finding Langston is set between the years of 1938 and 1947 when African Americans lived under Jim Crow laws. The novel opens with Lymon and his paternal grandparents, Ma and Grandpops, visiting Parchman Farm, where Lymon’s father is incarcerated. In the evenings, Grandpops teaches Lymon how to play Delta blues on the guitar. When Grandpops dies, Ma and Lymon move from Mississippi to Milwaukee to be near family, and Lymon takes Grandpops’ guitar with him. Lymon’s frustration with his father’s absence and school discipline leads to truancy, which Ma overlooks as she grows ill. When Ma has to be hospitalized, Lymon’s mother, who lives in Chicago, takes him in. Unfortunately, Momma’s husband Robert beats Lymon, breaks his guitar, and takes money that Aunt Vera sent to Momma. Lymon runs away with the money, and ultimately lands himself in the Arthur J. Andy Home, a juvenile detention center. Like its predecessor, this novel is set during the Great Migration, and readers learn that Lymon is one of Langston’s bullies. Cline-Ransome focuses on the unfair treatment of black men and boys, a problem that endures today. Throughout the story, location and music are tied to Lymon’s character arc: when Lymon is able to play in the band at the juvenile detention center, he begins to envision his new life with Ma and Daddy. Major and minor characters are equally well crafted. Through characters of all ages, Cline-Ransome explores how a person’s treatment of others is developed through nature and by the circumstances they have been dealt. Balancing rich history and timeless themes of race, instability, and the importance of music and the arts, this title is another must-have from Cline-Ransome.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This companion to Finding Langston is set between the years of 1938 and 1947 when African Americans lived under Jim Crow laws. The novel opens with Lymon and his paternal grandparents, Ma and Grandpops, visiting Parchman Farm, where Lymon’s father is incarcerated. In the evenings, Grandpops teaches Lymon how to play Delta blues on the guitar. When Grandpops dies, Ma and Lymon move from Mississippi to Milwaukee to be near family, and Lymon takes Grandpops’ guitar with him. Lymon’s frustration with his father’s absence and school discipline leads to truancy, which Ma overlooks as she grows ill. When Ma has to be hospitalized, Lymon’s mother, who lives in Chicago, takes him in. Unfortunately, Momma’s husband Robert beats Lymon, breaks his guitar, and takes money that Aunt Vera sent to Momma. Lymon runs away with the money, and ultimately lands himself in the Arthur J. Andy Home, a juvenile detention center. Like its predecessor, this novel is set during the Great Migration, and readers learn that Lymon is one of Langston’s bullies. Cline-Ransome focuses on the unfair treatment of black men and boys, a problem that endures today. Throughout the story, location and music are tied to Lymon’s character arc: when Lymon is able to play in the band at the juvenile detention center, he begins to envision his new life with Ma and Daddy. Major and minor characters are equally well crafted. Through characters of all ages, Cline-Ransome explores how a person’s treatment of others is developed through nature and by the circumstances they have been dealt. Balancing rich history and timeless themes of race, instability, and the importance of music and the arts, this title is another must-have from Cline-Ransome.

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