Finding Langston

by Lesa Cline-Ransome


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  • Item #22V2 in Voices Voices
    • Grades: 3 - 6
    • Ages: 8 - 11
    Coretta Scott King Author Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
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!

Good For:
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
Contains mature language appropriate in the context of the story.

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It’s 1946, and Langston’s mother has just died. Now he and his father are leaving the rest of his family and friends in Alabama to move to Chicago. Langston misses everything—Grandma’s Sunday suppers, the red dirt roads, and the magnolia trees his mother loved.

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.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 3 - 6
    • Ages: 8 - 11
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 3/8" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-62128-0