How High the Moon

Book review by Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Girl seeks family secrets in hopeful Jim Crow-era tale.

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age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 9+

Based on 1 review

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age 7+

Could Not Be More Relevant Today!

This is an incredible read with so many talking points and opportunities for further learning springing from it. For those with no knowledge of jazz, following up on the songs littered throughout this text will add a beautiful extension to reading - yes the book title is also a song title and the connections between the story's Ella and Ella Fitzgerald who also sang this song, are too good not to expound upon. There are some desperately sad moments in this book. The wrongful conviction and death of a young black teen (it's based upon the real story), the impact it has on the community, the finding of a family lynched in a tree, the assault on the story's young heroine are all moments that distressed me as a parent reading, but which not not affect my daughter in quite the same way. She was angered which I suppose I ought be proud of, but the hardest question she asked of me was, "Why didn't everyone want to leave the south if the white people there were so awful to them? Are they nicer now?" and that led to even more in-depth conversations about economics and family and social structures. You could read this book and enjoy it as a stand alone book, but I suspect most young people will have more questions than answers upon finishing it, so be prepared to do some home work and enjoy the kind of discussions we should be having with our kids at this moment in time. Sadly relevant in 2020. Not a new name or face but new author to follow for sure.

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age 18+

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