Seattle Blues

By Wenberg, Michael

Publishers Summary:
The summer of 1970 starts off badly for 13-year-old Maya. Her mother has sent her to Seattle to stay with the grandmother she's never met; her father is reported MIA in the jungles of Vietnam; and angry Maya's determined to get back home, even if it means running away. But slowly Maya begins to adjust, first befriending an autistic boy-and piano prodigy- living next door, and getting to know her grandmother. When Maya finds a trombone in the attic, she's mesmerized. She learns to play as her grandmother gradually unravels details of her past: Maya's grandfather was a famous jazz trombone player who died in a car crash, and her grandmother was a top jazz singer-who now only sings in church. Maya gradually adjusts to the prospect of life without her father, helps to mend mom's relationship with her grandmother, and takes the first steps to becoming an accomplished musician.

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ISBN
978-1-93481-304-1
Publisher
WestSide Books


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

Gr 4-7 Exiled to Seattle for the summer with a grandmother she has never met, Maya, 13, is mad. With her father MIA in Vietnam and her mother back in college in San Francisco, she plots to escape Grandma Ruby, at first pouting petulantly and later manipulating the stern widow with false charm. Maya wonders why Ruby and her mom are estranged and searches the old house for clues to her African-American heritage. Maya and Ruby slowly warm up to one another, sharing an interest in Tommy, an au...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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