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How High the Moon

(2019)
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To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim Crow South.

"Timely, captivating, and lovely. So glad this book is in the world." --Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming

In the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina, in 1944, 12-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running around with her best friend Henry and cousin Myrna. But life is not always so sunny for Ella, who gets bullied for her light skin tone, and whose mother is away pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston.

So Ella is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. Little does she expect the truths she will discover about her mother, the father she never knew and her family's most unlikely history.

And after a life-changing month, she returns South and is shocked by the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of two local white girls.

Bittersweet and eye-opening, How High the Moon is a timeless novel about a girl finding herself in a world all but determined to hold her down.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"So many things about this book were brilliant. A beautiful, funny, dangerous tale of growing up in Jazz Age America, How High The Moon is essential reading, full of voices that must be heard. One of the best stories I've read in a long while." - Emma Carroll


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
ISBN: 0-316-48400-8 / 978-0-316-48400-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
ISBN: 0-316-48401-6 / 978-0-316-48401-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: How High The Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
ISBN: 0-241-34689-4 / 978-0-241-34689-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
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March 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Puffin
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Puffin
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How High The Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Puffin
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March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: How High the Moon
Author(s): Karyn Parsons
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA