For Lilly Belle, “the capital of Black America” is about as far from her hometown of Smyrna, Tennessee, as a twelve-year-old can get, maybe not in miles, but certainly in mindset. A summer program for promising young writers opens a new world. Jazz music in the street lulls her to sleep, her classroom is in a mansion called the Dark Tower, and the author Zora Neale Hurston is her teacher, helping Lilly Belle come to a deeper understanding of the power of words, especially her own. Patricia C. McKissack builds an involving story around real events and famous figures. [Publisher’s description.]
ISBN: 9780670062096 | Published by Puffin Books.