Juba!

By MYERS, Walter Dean

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ISBN
9780062112712
Publisher
HarperCollins Amistad


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2015  |  Young Adult

Gr 6 Up—William Henry Lane, also known as Master Juba, was a famous dancer in America and England in the 1840s. Myers's final novel uses historical sources to piece together a picture of what his life might have been like. Juba grew up a free black man in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City, and his dancing was influenced by the Irish style. He encountered Charl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2015

Myers's posthumously published novel draws on the historical record to imagine the life of legendary African American dancer William Henry Lane (approx. 1825–1854), better known as Juba. Juba first makes a name for himself in his late teens, performing in and organizing a successful integrated dance gala in New York City's Five Points neighborhood. A chance encounter with Charles Dickens (who lauds Juba's dancing in his book American Notes) opens the door to a tour of Great Britain with Gil Pell's mi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Myers's posthumously published novel imagines the life of legendary African American dancer William Henry Lane (approx. 1825–1854), better known a...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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