Thursday, February 26, 2009
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Mark wants to be a musician like his hero Fats Waller. But during the summer of 1925 his mother insists that he get a real job working at the office of The Crisis, a newspaper for the "New Negro" during the Harlem Renaissance. Hoping to make a little extra fast cash Mark goes with Fats to deliver a truck filled with some boxes. Unfortunately, the truck disappears and all the gangsters in town think that Mark is responsible for stealing their illegal alcohol - and they want their money. Like all of Walter Dean Myers' books Harlem Summer is fantastic. It is also hilarious as Mark tries to keep his mother happy and keep from being killed by all the rival gangsters in New York.