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Enly and the Buskin' Blues - by Jennie Liu (Hardcover)

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  • Twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis is determined to go to band camp and follow in the footsteps of his musician father, who died years ago.
  • 10-11 Years
  • 7.6" x 5.3" Hardcover
  • 208 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Performing Arts


About the Book

Hoping to earn money for band camp tuition, twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis starts busking, but his mission quickly turns into a series of misadventures that change how he sees his family, his dreams, and himself.

Book Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis is determined to go to band camp and follow in the footsteps of his musician father, who died years ago.

But his mom, a single parent working two jobs, is saving every penny for his older brother's college tuition. So Enly sets out to earn the money for camp on his own, by busking with an obscure instrument he can only kind of play. When someone drops a winning scratch-off lottery ticket into his tip box, Enly thinks it's the answer to his problems--but he'll have to overcome teenage thieves and his own family if he wants to achieve his dreams.

Review Quotes

"A heart-warming story with many lessons about taking responsibility for attaining what you most desire, even in the face of setbacks. Reviewer Rating: 5" --Children's Literature

-- (5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"A quick-paced coming-of-age story exploring music and family expectations."--Kirkus Reviews

-- (12/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Encourages readers who need to be seen as well as those who need to see . . . I tip my hat to Liu--and put a tip in the hat for Enly!"--Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal

-- (6/14/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"This fast and furious plot will have readers alternately cringing and cheering at Enly's impulsiveness, fully invested in this protagonist's success. While the tone is light, some serious issues are gently explored: gentrification, grief, wealth and lack of it, family ties, and friendship."--School Library Journal

-- (2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Witty and wise."--Bobbie Pyron, author of Lucky Strike

-- (5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"A fast-paced, quirky caper with an authentic middle-grade voice."--Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author

-- (5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Dimensions (Overall): 7.6 Inches (H) x 5.3 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 10-11 Years
Number of Pages: 208
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Performing Arts
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)
Theme: Music
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jennie Liu
Language: English
Street Date: February 7, 2023
TCIN: 87366830
UPC: 9781728424569
Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-7997
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.9 inches length x 5.3 inches width x 7.6 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.75 pounds
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