book cover of The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Agatha Award Best Children/Young Adult Fiction (nominee)
WATCHER. SHADOW. FUGITIVE.

Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is. Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.

When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune-one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park. But if they don't find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved
neighborhood will ever be the same . . .

In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.

Praise for The Harlem Charade:

* "A story that motivates justice and inspires kindness..." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The Harlem Charade links a miltifaceted cast of characters with some of Harlem's thorniest issues, and offers dreams, hope, and plenty of action in the process. Few novels take on the real-life neighborhood issues of gentrification, big money, and the destructive loss of old ways. This book does, and in the process shines a light on the magical and complex history of Harlem and its many brilliant art forms. Tarpley shares Harlem's past and present glory with grace and respect, and in the process offers inspiration to all who would love to see its unique beauty survive." -- Blue Balliett, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer

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"A very special book about self-acceptance." -- School Library Journal

"[A] celebration of African American identity." -- Booklist



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Used availability for Natasha Tarpley's The Harlem Charade

Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
ISBN: 0-545-78387-9 / 978-0-545-78387-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
ISBN: 0-545-78388-7 / 978-0-545-78388-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
ISBN: 1-5366-8147-4 / 978-1-5366-8147-5
Publisher: Scholastic on Brilliance Audio
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February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Harlem Charade
Author(s): Natasha Tarpley
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA