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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
National Book Award Finalist * Kirkus Best Books of 2017 * Horn Book Best Books of 2017 * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 * School Library Journal Best Books of 2017 * NAACP Image Awards Nominee * Chicago Public Library Best Books * Boston Globe Best Books of 2017

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander.

Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen-he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live.

Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

"This slim novel strikes a strong chord."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This complex tale of family and forgiveness has heart." -School Library Journal (starred review)

"Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An appealing, realistic story with frequent elegant turns of phrase." -The Horn Book (starred review)

"Garcia-Williams skillfully finds melody in words." -Booklist (starred review)

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 0-606-41362-6 / 978-0-606-41362-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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April 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge)
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 1-4328-5053-9 / 978-1-4328-5053-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 0-06-221591-4 / 978-0-06-221591-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 0-06-221593-0 / 978-0-06-221593-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 1-5384-1619-0 / 978-1-5384-1619-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amistad Press
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 1-5384-1620-4 / 978-1-5384-1620-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amistad Press
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May 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 1-5384-1621-2 / 978-1-5384-1621-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
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May 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
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