Uptown Dreams by Kelli London

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At the prestigious Harlem Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, students are destined to realize their uptown dreams--as long as friends, haters, and crushes don't trip them up. . .

La-La Nolan's killer voice could make her a superstar, but she's more focused on scoring the attention of Ziggy Phillip--the cute Jamaican boy in her class. But a singing competition against her arch rival could cost her both Ziggy and her spot at the Academy. . .

The daughter of the school's director and voice coach, Reese Allen has to work harder than everyone else to prove herself. But all Reese wants is to be a hip hop producer--a path her mother will never approve of. . .

Even though it's clear that Ziggy loves the ladies, he has to keep his passion for dance a secret from his father. But then his brother discovers Ziggy's ballet shoes and threatens to tell all--unless Ziggy gets him into the Academy too. . .

No one's a better actress than Jamaica Kincaid Ellison. She's even acted her way out of the boarding school her parents think she's still attending and into the Academy. She'll do anything to achieve her dream--unless her lies destroy everything. . .

If that weren't enough drama, rumor has it that the Academy may close at the end of the year. Can these gifted students put their talents to the test to save it?

"An amazing tale that is sure to delight, teach, and intrigue teens everywhere!"--Ni-Ni Simone on Boyfriend Season
 

About Kelli London

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KELLI LONDON is the author of the Charly's Epic Fiascos series, Cali Boys, Boyfriend Season, Uptown Dreams, and a novella in The Break-Up Diaries, Vol. 1. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she lives outside of Atlanta with her family and has daily one-sided conversations with her dog Marlow, who made her fiction debut as a character in Charly's Epic Fiascos. You can find Kelli online at KelliLondon.com, on Facebook @ KelliLondon, and on Twitter @ Kelli_London.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by Kensington. 289 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harlem's 125th Street provides a warm and welcome cohesion among the stories as multiple characters encounter the Sandman, “the official unofficial mayor of Harlem,” and Ziggy's brother, Broke-Up, whom Ziggy helps sell knockoff handbags with an illegal vending license.

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By Jennifer Coissiere • Feb 4th, 2012 • Category: Book Review 2012 • Email This Post • Print This Post Four teenagers, with very different backgrounds aiming for the stars have one thing in common, they all attend Harlem Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), a ver...

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