Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Townley, Rod.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.
ISBN 0689857128
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The year is 1959 and 15-year-old Sky loves jazz.  He is a very talented musician and spends hours on the piano playing his favorite music.  But his father is worried about Sky's playing.  He is worried that Sky will become a bum and waste his life on music.  When he finds that Sky has disobeyed him and snuck into a jazz concert, he throws the piano out and refuses to let Sky play ever again.  Sky feels he has no choice.  He must have his music.  It is part of him.  So Sky runs away and joins up with a reclusive blind jazz musician who takes him in and teaches him what he can.  But can Mr. Olmedo help Sky come to terms with his life beyond music?
SUBJECTS:     Musicians -- Fiction.
                        Jazz -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Blind -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
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