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Solo

by Kwame Alexander Author · Mary Rand Hess Author

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New York Times bestseller!

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"...a rhythmic, impassioned ode to family, identity, and the history of rock and roll." Booklist, starred review

"... many readers will identify with Blade's struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider." — PW (Publishers Weekly)

"the authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults." – School Library Journal

From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, comes Solo, a YA novel written in poetic verse. Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who knows the life of a rock star isn't really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can't make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother—who died when Blade was nine—and the ruin his father's washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But, he's not all alone: He's got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert; the secret love of a girlfriend, Chapel; and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret—one that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade decides the only way he will understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself. He soon sets out on a journey that will change everything he thought to be true. His quest lands him in Ghana, stuck in a village just shy of where answers to the secret can be found. There, Blade discovers a friendship he couldn't have imagined, a people founded in family and community, and a reconciliation he never expected.

With his signature intricacy, intimacy, and poetic style, Kwame Alexander explores what it means to finally come home.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blink
Publication Date:
2017
Available in:
United States, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Egypt, Thailand

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Kwame Alexander (Author)

Kwame Alexander is a poet, speaker, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Childr...

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Mary Rand Hess (Author)

Mary Rand Hess is a poet, screenwriter, editor, and author of several books, including Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wide World in Poetry and Pictures (National Geographic, 2017), which she coauthored with Deanna Nikaido and Newbery Medalist Kwame ...

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