Girl Singer

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Young Avery replaces Billie Holiday in Count Basie’s band. But a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany changes her life forever.  

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Travels with Louis

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Travels with Louis is a warm-hearted story of Louis Armstrong and 12-year-old Fred, who learns about jazz—and life—from the great musician himself.

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Riding on Duke’s Train

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Riding on Duke’s Train

Nine-year-old Danny stows away on a Georgia train—the train of Duke Ellington. Through Danny’s eyes, we meet some of America’s finest musicians as he accompanies them on their 1939 European tour, when the train was briefly held in Nazi Germany.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“In schools where students are lucky enough to experience classroom jazz studies, this title, combining rich musical history and a ‘you are there’ approach, is a natural.” —Kirkus

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Leapfrog Press

Posted by on Jul 14, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

From Leapfrogpress.com: The First-Prize winner in the Children’s Fiction Division is Mick Carlon for the middle-grade novel Riding on Duke’s Train. In the words of the judges: “A wonderful voice all its own… [S]trong command of voice, period and ethnic dialect, and clear love and in-depth knowledge of Duke Ellington and his band.” “An excellent, uplifting story with something real to say.” Leapfrog Press is delighted to honor its 2010 Fiction Contest winners. Twenty winning manuscripts were chosen out of 448 adult fiction entries, and seven winners...

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