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Nolan, Han.
Orlando : Harcourt, 2001.
ISBN 0152019162
                    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,, West Ashley Middle School)
SUBJECTS:     Abandoned children -- Fiction.
                        Singers -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.


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