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Posted August 5, 2009
Seattle Blues by Michael Wenberg takes place during the summer of 1970. Maya Thompson's life has been turned upside down... Her father is MIA in Vietnam, and her Mother has sent her off to spend the summer with her Grandmother that she's never met. Maya decides to do everything that she can to be sent back home. In the midst of her scheming, Maya actually uncovers a great deal about her family history and learns how to come to accept the changes in her life.
This book had me sucked in from the first chapter. The early 70s were a very tumultuous time in American history. It was interesting and eye-opening to experience this story through the eyes of a 13 year old African American girl. I really like how some history of Jazz music was woven in to the story which was mainly about how a young girl handles all the major upheaval in her life. Another book I'll be recommending to my friends!
Reviewed by: Catrina P.