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by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
Finally! A young adult novel written by the venerable Kwame Alexander! For all of his fans, you will not be disappointed. To those readers who aren't yet familiar with Mr. Alexander's work, congratulations, you have a new favorite author!
This novel introduces us to Blade, the youngest child of a burnt-out rock musician. Blade's mother died when he was young, and the family has never recuperated from their loss. Blade's dad has retreated into drugs and alcohol, Blade's sister tries to be the matriarch, and Blade throws himself into his guitar and his relationship with his girlfriend, Chapel.
But when Chapel isn't there for him, and he discovers a somber family secret, his life turns even more upside down. Written in verse, Solo follows Blade's journey to self discovery, friendship and family.
Solo is a young adult novel that will appeal to students of all ages. This is definitely going in my middle school library, and I will recommend it to readers of all ages!