The Harlem Charade

The Harlem Charade

by Natasha Tarpley


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Fans of Chasing Vermeer will love this clever mystery about art, artifice, and the power of community.

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ISBN-13: 9780545783880
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 168,026
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Natasha Tarpley is the author of the bestselling picture book I Love My Hair! and other acclaimed titles for children and adults. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, among other awards. When she is not writing books, Ms. Tarpley can usually be found reading them. She has also taken up the cruel and unusual hobby of running marathons. Ms. Tarpley is the cofounder of Voonderbar! Media, a multicultural children's book publishing and media company. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Harlem Charade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The Harlem Charade is an interesting book. I think The Harlem Charade is unlike any other book I’ve read before. It provides a different type of action that everyone should put in a mystery book. I recommend this book for reader’s ages 10-12 because even though there is no death there is a lot of moments that would potentially scare younger readers. The Harlem Charade is about three teenagers: Alex and Jin, who go to the same school, and Elvin, who was homeless until he met them. Elvin’s grandfather, Jacob, was found unconscious in a community garden. At first, Alex, Elvin, and Jin try to find out who clubbed Jacob. Then, they find a letter from a member of the Invisible 7, a group of famous painters. They find out that Jacob was one of the Invisible 7, and they start a whole new adventure. Markum, the mayor of Harlem, proposes to create an amusement park/museum called Harlem World, but at the same time he plans to destroy homes and shops to build it. Alex, Elvin, and Jin must stop Markum and his crew. Markum knows of their attempts to stop him and tries to capture them. Alex, Jin, and Elvin must put their lives into the hands of their friends Rad and T.J. without knowing if they are good or bad. The leader of the Invisible 7, named Henriette Drummond, left her paintings behind when she mysteriously disappeared, which are the only things keeping Markum from taking making Harlem World. Watch this amazing mystery unfold right in front of your eyes as you try to solve the mystery with the characters, unlike most mystery novels. I give this book 5 stars because the plot is stranger than most books, creating a different layer of suspense to the novel. My favorite part in the book is when they solve the most difficult part of the puzzles while trying to escape from Markum’s crew, trying to get the paintings before Markum gets permission to open Harlem World. Ryan S, 11, Mensa Alaska