Monday, December 04, 2006

Born Blue by Han Nolan

I'm finally getting around to reading Born Blue by Han Nolan. Published in 2001, it's part of the Great Stories CLUB grant that I'm working on with Blackstone Academy. This Friday will be the first time I visit the class to discuss the book. Their teacher, Bill, said they are enjoying this one more than First Part Last by Angela Johnson.

This story is about Janie who is in a foster home and her best friend is another child in the house named Harmon. They share a secret love of the music of Billie Holliday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Robert Flack. Ultimately it's discovered that Janie can sing but when her mother insists on hearing her sing, she clams up and won't sing.

Janie is also haunted by the fact that she nearly drowned when she was a small child. This story seems very realistic and somewhat depressing but I really want to make some progress with it before Friday.