Finding Langston

A powerful story set in Chicago's South Side about a boy who discovers the poetry of Langston Hughes

By Lesa Cline-Ransome Read by Dion Graham African American / History - United States / Juvenile Fiction English, Unabridged 2h 35m Sell Sheet
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2 Audio CDs August 14, 2018 $39.99 $29.99 9781974907021 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs August 14, 2018 $29.99 $19.99 9781974907069 Add to Cart
							When eleven-year-old Langston's mother dies in 1946, he and his father leave rural Alabama for Chicago's brown belt as a part of what came to be known as the Great Migration. It's lonely in the small apartment with just the two of them, and Langston is bullied at school. But his new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the local public library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award - Awards

"Stunning...Readers who have struggled with grief, identity, racism, bullying, or loneliness will find their experiences reflected in this beautifully written novel." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Reading poetry becomes Langston’s way to connect with his mother’s memory, find solace from grief, and make a friend" - The Horn Book, Starred Review

"Cline-Ransome creates a poignant, bittersweet story of a young black boy who comes to accept his new home while gaining newfound knowledge... Langston's heartfelt, present-tense narration [...] gathers readers so close they'll be sad to see his story conclude." - Kirkus, Starred Review

Finding Langston is about cultural heritage and personal growth and, at its heart, about finding home wherever you land." - Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"Cline-Ransome, lauded for her picture books including Booklist’s 2018 Top of the List title, Before She Was Harriet, proves herself here an adept novelist, one with keen insight into the human condition. Every character, child and adult, is layered, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that the writing is spare. Emotions and relationships are teased out through quiet details and glimmers of understanding, but the impact on the reader could not be more powerful." - Booklist, Starred Review