Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome audiobook

Finding Langston

By Lesa Cline-Ransome
Read by Dion Graham

Dreamscape
2.58 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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In a historical novel about the Great Migration, a boy discovers Chicago’s postwar South Side and the poetry of Langston Hughes. When eleven-year-old Langston’s mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago’s brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It’s lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and Langston is bullied at school. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

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Summary

Summary

A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Middle-Grade Fiction

A Literary Hub Pick of the Month

AudioFile Earphones Award

In a historical novel about the Great Migration, a boy discovers Chicago’s postwar South Side and the poetry of Langston Hughes.

When eleven-year-old Langston’s mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago’s brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It’s lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and Langston is bullied at school. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cline-Ransome astonishes with her sensitive portrayal of poverty, bullying, death, displacement, and loneliness; middle grade issues that resonate now as in 1946 when this story takes place. But what makes this slight book mighty is how she portrays poetry—the poetry of places and people—as both liberating and unifying, life-mirroring and lifesaving.” Literary Hub
“In a light Southern drawl, narrator Dion Graham delivers the achingly mournful story of eleven-year-old Langston…Graham’s immersive performance, with his finely tuned accents and measured pacing, connects listeners to Langston’s anguish.. An excellent choice for family listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[Langston] gathers readers so close they’ll be sad to see his story conclude. A fascinating work of historical fiction that showcases a well-developed, likable protagonist.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An engaging, quick, and relatable read that skillfully incorporates themes of race, class, post-war American life in the North and South, and a bit of Langston Hughes’ poetry.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“The impact on the reader could not be more powerful.” Booklist (starred review)
“About cultural heritage and personal growth and, at its heart, about finding home wherever you land.”(Shelf Awareness) Shelf Awareness

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Author

Author Bio: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Author Bio: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome is an award-winning author and editor who has written more than ten picture books for children, including two ALA Notable books. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, she holds a Master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from New York University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 2.58
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English