Danté Plays His Blues

by Allen R Wells (Author) Shamar Knight-Justice (Illustrator)

Danté Plays His Blues
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

"A resonant tale of a boy dealing with change in his own way." —Kirkus Reviews

From debut author Allen R. Wells and New York Times bestselling illustrator Shamar Knight-Justice comes a tender and heartwarming picture book about a boy affected by housing insecurity who learns the power of expressing his feelings through music.

When Danté and his mother lose their housing, they move in with Uncle Ron and Uncle Joe. It’s tough at first, as Danté misses his friends and his neighborhood, so Uncle Ron teaches him to play the saxophone. Together they practice every day, DO-RE-MI-FA-RROOWWRR! Learning how to play is hard, especially when you have the blues. Can Danté turn his blues into his muse? 

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A resonant tale of a boy dealing with change in his own way.

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Publication date
July 09, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV039070 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Homelessness & Poverty
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
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