The Jazz Kid by James Lincoln Collier

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The coauthor of My Brother Sam Is Dead presents the story of a young white Chicago boy who struggles to choose between his disapproving parents and his only real interest--playing jazz.
 

About James Lincoln Collier

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Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter. Christopher Collins is a writer of historical novels for children. Collier has taught at both the University of Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut. He has also served as Connecticut's State Historian. The violence and profanity in Collier's works is very controversial, rendering them banned from reading curriculums in certain schools. Despite the controversy, Collier's book My Brother Sam is Dead won a Newberry Honor in 1975. He has also written War Comes to Willie Freeman, and The Literature of Connecticut History and Roger Sherman's Connecticut for adults.
 
Published May 1, 1994 by Henry Holth & Co (J). 216 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Paulie hears what his father calls ``that nigger music'' in a '20s Chicago club, it changes his life.

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Although the author deftly recreates the spirit of 1920s Chicago and the thriving world of jazz, PW found certain plot devices weak and the ending overly neat. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)

Jan 29 1996 | Read Full Review of The Jazz Kid

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Newbery Honor author Collier ( My Brother Sam Is Dead ) deftly recreates the spirit of 1920s Chicago and the thriving world of jazz and its stars, including King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, in this st

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Newbery Honor author Collier ( My Brother Sam Is Dead ) deftly recreates the spirit of 1920s Chicago and the thriving world of jazz and its stars, including King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, in this story of a 12-year-old obsessed with making music.

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Although the author ""deftly recreates the spirit of 1920s Chicago and the thriving world of jazz,"" PW found certain plot devices ""weak"" and the ending overly neat.

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