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Life Fantastic : A Novel in Three Acts (Hardcover) (Liza Ketchum)

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As seen in the Publishers Weekly African-American Titles for Young Readers feature!

Will Teresa Find Fame But Lose Her Soul?

It's 1913 and vaudeville is America's most popular form of entertainment. Thousands of theaters across the country host vaudeville troupes. In Brattleboro, Vermont, fifteen-year-old Teresa LeClair--who has a "voice like a nightingale"--remembers the thrill of singing onstage as a child. But her parents have given up life on the road, and her father has decided that Teresa, blessed with perfect pitch, should drop out of school and work in the tuning rooms of the organ factory.

Determined to escape the life her father wants for her, Teresa wins an amateur singing contest in Brattleboro's opera house and steals away on the night train to New York. She hopes to become a star on Broadway's "Great White Way," but has no idea of the challenges that lie ahead. There she runs into Pietro Jones and his father, talented African American dancers. Teresa and Pietro become competitors as well as unlikely friends.

At a time when young black men could be lynched for simply looking at a white girl, Pietro understands, better than Teresa, the danger of their relationship. Teresa's quest to find her voice onstage and in her life, far from the support of her family, takes place against a complex racial backdrop of American history.
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Range: Teen
Author: Liza Ketchum
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2017
TCIN: 51639037
UPC: 9781440598760
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-6907
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MSRPwas $17.99

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