After discovering a family secret, Blade begins a journey to discover friendship in Ghana.

By Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess Read by Kwame Alexander Coming of Age / Family Life / Young Adult Fiction English, Unabridged 4h 2m Sell Sheet
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							Seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison knows the life of a rock star isn't really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can't make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun-including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother-who died when Blade was nine-and the ruin that his father's washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. 

But he's not completely alone: he's got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert, the secret love of his girlfriend, Chapel, and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade-that is, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade decides that the only way that he wi ll be able to understand his past and begin his future is to find out the truth behind the music and himself. So he sets out on a journey that will change everything.

"...pulsing with Alexander's signature lyrical style. Blade ends up finding much more than what he expects: self-discovery, community and a deeper understanding of what family means...don't expect this collaboration to stay on shelves long." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Lyrics from Blade's songs (and interspersed references to songs from Lenny Kravitz, Metallica, and others) emphasize the importance of music in his life, both as a link to his family and as a way to express himself...many readers will identify with Blade's struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider." - Publishers Weekly

"This rich novel in verse is full of the music that forms its core. In addition to Alexander and co-author Hess' skilled use of language, references to classic rock songs abound. Secondary characters add texture to the story: does his girlfriend have real feelings for Blade? Is there more to his father than his inability to stay clean and sober? At the center is Blade, fully realized and achingly real in his pain and confusion. A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told." - Media Break, Starred Review

"...Alexander’s prose is beautifully written and will appeal to avid and reluctant readers alike." - School Library Journal