Finding Langstonby Lesa Cline-Ransome
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- Grades: 3 - 6
- Ages: 8 - 11
When 11-year-old Langston moves to Chicago with his father, it feels like he’s lost everything. But he’s about to have a life-changing encounter—and fulfill the promise of his name!
Award-Winning Fiction, Inspiring Story of Self-Discovery, Rich Historical Detail, Understanding the Great Migration
Topics and Themes:
African Americans, Alabama, Chicago, Moving to a City, Death of a Parent, Loneliness, Bullying, Libraries, Poetry, Langston Hughes, Self-Reliance, Race, Class, Coming of Age
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In the city, they live in a small apartment surrounded by noise and chaos. It doesn’t feel like a new start or a better life. At home he’s lonely, his father always busy at work; at school he’s bullied for being a country boy.
But Langston’s new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the Chicago Public Library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston—a poet who he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.