Rent Party Jazz by William Miller

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In New Orleans in the 1930s, young Sonny Comeaux has to work before school to help his mother make ends meet. When Mama loses her job, Sonny is worried. Rent day is coming soon, and if they miss paying by just one day, the landlord will put them out on the street and sell off their belongings.

Sonny wanders sadly through Jackson Square after school one day. His attention is caught by Smilin' Jack, a popular jazz musician. Sonny returns day after day, and soon finds himself explaining his problem to Smilin' Jack. What Smilin' Jack offers Sonny then—how to raise money for the rent while having the world’s best party—changes both their lives forever.

Award-winning author William Miller tells his most affecting story yet, accompanied by Charlotte Riley-Webb's brilliantly-colored paintings that perfectly capture the lively rhythms of New Orleans jazz. This is a powerful story of family, friendship, and people coming together to help others in a time of need.

 

About William Miller

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WILLIAM MILLER is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including eight published by Lee & Low. He lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College. CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB is a fine artist whose work has appeared in numerous galleries and exhibitions nationwide. Much of her work as an artist focuses on documenting her African American heritage, and the significance of music to that heritage can be seen in the rhythm, movement, and colors of her pictures. Riley-Webb and her husband live in Stockbridge, Georgia. This was her first children's book.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sonny reveals his troubles and in quick order Jack tells Sonny to organize a rent party, recalling the tradition from his days in Mississippi.

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Miller's (Night Golf) spryly narrated, uplifting story set in New Orleans in the 1930s springs from an intriguing tradition—informal musical fund-raisi

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Miller's (Night Golf) spryly narrated, uplifting story set in New Orleans in the 1930s springs from an intriguing tradition—informal musical fund-raising parties that originated in the South in the early 20th century to help neighbors in financial need.

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