Enly and the Buskin' Blues

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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2023
Lerner Publishing Group | Carolrhoda Books ®

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Description

Twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis is determined to go to band camp and follow in the footsteps of his musician father, who died years ago.

But his mom, a single parent working two jobs, is saving every penny for his older brother's college tuition. So Enly sets out to earn the money for camp on his own, by busking with an obscure instrument he can only kind of play. When someone drops a winning scratch-off lottery ticket into his tip box, Enly thinks it's the answer to his problems—but he'll have to overcome teenage thieves and his own family if he wants to achieve his dreams.

Twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis is determined to go to band camp and follow in the footsteps of his musician father, who died years ago.

But his mom, a single parent working two jobs, is saving every...


Advance Praise

"A fast-paced, quirky caper with an authentic middle-grade voice."—Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author


"Encourages readers who need to be seen as well as those who need to see . . . I tip my hat to Liu—and put a tip in the hat for Enly!"—Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal

"A fast-paced, quirky caper with an authentic middle-grade voice."—Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author


"Encourages readers who need to be seen as well as those who need to see . . . I tip my...


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ISBN 9781728424569
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PAGES 208

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I recieved a free eARC of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Enly loves making music, and it's something that connects him with his dead father. When his best friend tells him about a 2 week music camp, he really, really wants to go, and armed with a pawnshop Melodica and help from his friend, his elderly piano teacher, and some of the community buskers, he tries to earn the money to go.

This story explores the struggles faced by many people when gentrification comes into a community, and how things which are no big deal to some families are a big problem for others, Enly's efforts at problem solving and true joy in playing comes through, I highly recommend this book for young musicians-or anyone else.

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As someone who grew up playing in band and going to band camp.. I appreciated this premise! Would recommend for kids at the chapter book level.

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Very cute and uplifting book. read it with my godson and he loved it. Would recommend to all of my friends with kids.

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