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Orlando : Harcourt, 2001.
Itís often hard to overcome adversity when the largest obstacle is yourself.
Consider Janie, for instance, or is it Lashaya? This character changes
her name to better suit her personal spirit and obsession: women singing
the blues. Nowhere else does she feel safer from her neglectful mother,
abusive foster parents, an unwanted pregnancy, and life on the road than
with her Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and others. Janie knows all
she wants to do and all she cares about is singing. Yet her lifetime
of abandonment, abuse, and the attitude she develops because of it, continues
to create struggle after struggle.
Janie is truly Born Blue, but will she ever overcome her anger towards
others and realize she's her own worst enemy? Read Han Nolanís novel
to find out. (Melanie Crumpton, email@example.com,
West Ashley Middle School)
Abandoned children -- Fiction.
Singers -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
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