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In The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, Louise Brooks is a young free spirit who doesn’t care what society thinks of her. Cora Carlisle, on the other hand, is a middle-aged married woman with unflinching morals. In 1922, Louise makes an important trip to New York with Cora as her traveling companion. It is a journey that will profoundly change both women forever.
How do you put on a page the sharp, sweet tang of a jazz tune? Sure, someone could stick musical notes on a ledger sheet. There is another way to absorb the mood of a jazz riff, though. These books use bright colors, stylized illustrations, font changes, rhythmic text, and onomatopoeia (said sounds) to make you feel like your home is a club and your story time is a jam session.
Arranged for listeners/ readers from younger to older:
It is possible to pinpoint precisely the moment that Steve McQueen became a movie star. It comes in the last 20 minutes of The Great Escape. It's so exciting you can taste it. And you know that the cocky, handsome, volatile actor was a bona fide movie star.
What were famous people like, before they became legends? There's something in us that wants to know. Movie theatres will often show high school graduation pictures of movie stars and ask, "Can you recognize this person?" Well, The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells feeds the same curious urge.