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How High the Moon

By: Karyn Parsons
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How High The Moon by Karyn Parsons, read by Sisi Aisha Jonshon.

It's 1944, and in a small Southern town, eleven-year-old Ella spends her summers running wild with her cousins and friends. But life isn't always so sunny. The deep racial tension that simmers beneath their town's peaceful facade never quite goes away, and Ella misses her mama - a beautiful jazz singer, who lives in Boston.

So when an invitation arrives to come to visit Boston Ella is ecstatic - and for the first time, Ella sees what life outside of segregation is like, and begins to dream of a very different future. But her happiness is shattered when she returns home to the news that her classmate has been arrested for the murder of two white girls - and nothing will ever be the same again.

©2019 Karyn Parsons (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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An easy listening, thought provoking joy!

I loved this audiobook. The narrator is excellent and encourages you to become invested in each of the characters. I particularly enjoyed the intertwining of facts with fiction with the horrendous events surrounding young George and the brief facts of the time, in the Southern States of America, regarding racial segregation. I enjoyed this book so much I even listened to the author's notes, at the end, which I rarely do. I truly was sorry when this book came to an end. Thank you Karyn Parsons

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Engaging story about a historical period that is not widely covered in children’s literature and which uses first person narrative to give a poignant insight.

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Engaging and affecting

Another delight in my reading challenge! I picked this book from many others that were written by an author with the same first name as me. It seemed the most appealing of the book descriptions, and I was not disappointed. Moving, funny, thoughtful. Karyn Parsons gets into the head of the young, naive protagonist and subtly signposts plot developments, wider issues and event the personality traits in other characters through her descriptions of them. Sisi Aisha Johnson is a great narrator and brings everyone to life.

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