Leaving Lymon

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome

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.

ISBN: 9780823444427

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Child Abuse
Topics: Family problems , Moving households , African Americans , Milwaukee, Wisconsin , Twentieth-century US history , Chicago, Illinois , Conduct of life , Fathers and sons , Grandparents and grandchildren

$16.85  Member Price


Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

Grades 5-8

14 titles/year

$235.90/year

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal*

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. Whe 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823444427

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

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

Topics

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

Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

The Blackbird Girls

by Anne Blankman

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

Prairie Lotus

by Linda Sue Park

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

Leaving Lymon

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85

Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

$16.85
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.