Amistad, Hardcover, 9780060579685, 40pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2008
Elijah Earl is used to keeping to himself. But he's not the only quiet one—Alishah hides behind her head scarf, Jacob twitches out of sight, Luis hides behind a book, and Pam Pam is the shyest of them all. It is not until the school janitor they call Doo-Wop Pop steps in that things begin to change for these shy students. Doo-Wop Pop, who was once an a cappella star, helps them form an unlikely doo-wop group, teaching them to be-boppa bold, be-boppa brave, and come-a, come-a, come-a outta the cave. By making music together, Elijah and the others form lasting friendships and discover talents they didn't even know they had!
This uplifting tale with vibrant artwork from Caldecott Honorwinning illustrator Bryan Collier can't be-boppa beat!
Roni Schotter is the award-winning author of many picture books for children, including Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street; The Boy Who Loved Words; Mama, I'll Give You the World; and In the Piney Woods. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with her family.