The Harlem Charade

  • Title: The Harlem Charade
  • Author: Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • ISBN: 9780545783873
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Harlem Charade WATCHER SHADOW FUGITIVE Harlem is home to all kinds of kids Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family s bodega Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time but can t tell anyon
    WATCHER SHADOW FUGITIVE.Harlem is home to all kinds of kids Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family s bodega Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can t tell anyone who she really is Elvin s living on Harlem s cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.When these three strangers joinWATCHER SHADOW FUGITIVE.Harlem is home to all kinds of kids Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family s bodega Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can t tell anyone who she really is Elvin s living on Harlem s cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin s grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park But if they don t find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved neighborhood will ever be the same .In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.

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    1. Loved it. Review to come.So. I feel as if the previous reviews have sincerely underestimated how wonderful, how significant this book is. The Harlem Charade is a mystery featuring three POC teens who rail when their neighborhood might be bulldozed to make way for an amusement park. The story also incorporates the history of 1960s Harlem artists fighting for inclusion in the mainstream art world.Natasha Tarpley's writing is so deftly done, relating the significance of our past affecting our futur [...]

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    2. 3 compelling kids of color as MCs, a fun and thrilling mystery/adventure, a tribute to Black art and culture, and an accessible take on timely issues like gentrification. A++😊

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    3. Fun mystery where the reader is constantly picking up new clues and having to figure out how they fit together. Also a story of unlikely friendships.

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    4. 2.5 stars. The messages in this story were great - the importance of art and the preservation of culture, supporting local businesses, and helping friends and those in need. The whole "kids exploring their neighborhood and trying to solve a mystery before the evil building tycoons do" sounded interesting enough. But this just bored me. It was full of information dumps (the kids overhear things one too many times), and overall it was just clunky and slow. It was a valiant effort - you could tell [...]

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    5. Jin, Alex and Elvin want to save their historic neighborhood from being turned into an amusement park tourist trap.I really enjoyed this. Great characters, a great setting.2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge- a book with a cat on n the cover

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    6. Originally posted here at In the Senter of it AllA treasure hunt through the history of Harlem, this book is exciting and motivating. What a fantastic book! I loved it from the first page! I recently spoke to a friend who said, “I wish there were more books like this about different cities!” You learn the history of Harlem without feeling like it’s a history lesson, but an adventure. SUMMARY: Jin, Elvin and Alex find themselves unraveling the secrets of the Invisible 7! Along the way the d [...]

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    7. Although this title suffers from a few plotting issues, it's an interesting mystery and an even more interesting look at an important neighborhood and time. This also speaks to the power and importance of art.Jin has to do a school project on her neighborhood, and she's stumped. Several ideas appeal to her and then she comes across Alex, a mysterious girl who hands out free Metrocards and collects donations for a food pantry. Maybe they could do something about that? Adding Elvin (who's homeless [...]

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    8. In the Harlem Charade, EVERYONE has a secret.This story focuses on three kids in Harlem who team up to solve a mystery AND try to defeat a nefarious politician who’s planning on some very weird gentrification. Jin is Korean American and works after school at her family’s bodega. Alex is a young activist who strives to fight against her family’s wealthy lifestyle by collecting food for shelters and giving away metro cards undercover. Elvin is a young guy, displaced from his mother, alone an [...]

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    9. I enjoyed this overall and am wavering between 3 and 4 stars for it. The depiction of Harlem was very good and the location had a great richness. The information about the Harlem Renaissance was handled well but occasionally I felt that the line blurred between the fictional and the historical. I don't mean to underestimate kids but some of the plot elements, especially those surrounding the Harlem On My Mind Exhibit may come across to them as factual.Tarpley does include notes on this in the ba [...]

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    10. Jin is drawn into a mystery when her fascination with a mysterious classmate connects the two girls to a 12 year-old boy, living on the streets of New York after his grandfather was attacked and hospitalized. What was behind the attack, how is it linked to a valuable painting found near where the grandfather was struck down and how are a series of neighborhood, crimes, demolitions and business closures all connected to a sleazy city councilman’s plans for a massive development called Harlem Wo [...]

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    11. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It's an excellent premise, but there are some gaping plot holes that are impossible to ignore. I applaud the diverse cast and wonderful, rich setting of Harlem. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical & cultural details. BUT when there are inconsistencies, such as the protagonists miraculously entering a locked apartment without having to B&E, it interrupts the reading experience. For a mystery, it's especially disconcerting. The denouement [...]

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    12. What an excellent book for children. It's a mystery to start off with, the its laid out well and the characters are also well developed. Many local children will find the themes of gentrification familiar, even if they haven't consciously identified or talked about it. I also love that not only does this book feature children of color, but they are in central and important roles in the story. And who doesn't love a story about finding mysteriously missing artwork that's tied in to a whole commun [...]

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    13. Three friends work together to solve a mystery and in the process learn about their neighborhood’s rich cultural history and the power of art to help us tell our own stories. Loved all the history of Harlem and the positive message of community. I will definitely be recommending this one to a wide variety of readers. Even though the setting is very specific, there is a universal appeal in the relationships of friends, families and neighbors depicted in the book. Bonus: The reader of the audio [...]

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    14. 35. starsAn interesting collection of characters and a fun spin on the art heist mystery.While I enjoyed the history and art appreciation that is throughout the book, I find the friendship between the main characters problematic. Jin is not a very good friend to Rose throughout and instead makes new friends without including her best friend. I found it very troublesome that this was only glossed over and not fully addressed. An engaging read, but I wouldn't recommend it as a general "omg, you ha [...]

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    15. When schoolmates Jin and Alex learn that the grandfather of their new acquaintance Elvin has been attacked, the three 12-year-olds set out to discover the culprit. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they discover that a real estate mogul is threatening to convert much of the community and use a local artist’s work to his advantage. Turpin excels at bringing the variety of characters to life, helping listeners follow the complex twists and turns of this intriguing mystery.

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    16. I am not a huge mystery fan, so this was a little out of my comfort zone but enjoyable enough. The book definitely has a strong sense of place and diverse characters that are enjoyable to read about. It was a little overlong and a lot of the mystery-solving happened very quickly at the end. I think readers who enjoy mystery more would like it more, particularly fans of books like CHASING VERMEER or THE WESTING GAME.

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    17. This is basically everything I want out of a middle grade. The story is centered in Harlem and follows three kids of color: Jin, who lives with her adopted grandparents who own a bodega; Alex, who goes to Jin's school and spends her free time leaving free MetroCards around the neighborhood and collecting donations for the local shelters; and Elvin, who recently moved in with his grandpa while his mother undergoes chemo in California. A series of events surrounding the history of a Harlem artist' [...]

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    18. A fun MG-mystery about three kids trying to save their Harlem neighborhood from being developed into an amusement park about Harlem (I know, right?!) while also solving a mystery involving art and the history of Harlem. It was a little slow at times. Lots of stuff being told to the kids throughout as they unravel the mystery and sometimes the POV would change and I wouldn’t realize it. Overall I still thought it was a fun read.

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    19. DNF. 2.5 stars. The plot line sounded fun and the story started off finewly acquainted 12-year-old friends trying to figure out a mystery while roaming the streets of NYC. But the author would stop the whole story to name drop and overload the reader with Harlem history and make a case for preservation of historical places. It interrruped the flow of the story and became boring.

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    20. A fabulous setting (Harlem) & memorable, diverse characters with an emphasis on the importance of art (!!! I LOVE THIS !!!) and an exciting mystery, too! I did feel that I got less interested as time went on and things felt a bit repetitive sometimes, but overall the message is awesome and I would recommend it as a read aloud for 3rd-5th grade teachers.

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    21. What a fun, cute story! I love the friendship that three strangers form--all of them quite hesitant to work together at first. The fact that the author combines historical Harlem, art, and a mystery, just keeps the reader on their toes. There is diversity, growth, strength, betrayal, and an appreciation for Harlem that is absolutely beautiful! I will say, however, I was a little confused about the character of Rose, and what her role was--she kind of got left out, even though she is the best fri [...]

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    22. Entertaining and informative---for kids and adults as these young sleuths try to find out who is stealing paintings of well known Harlem artists plus does the world really need a Disneyfied Harlem World a local politician is pushing. Truly enjoyed this mystery and would love to see another book featuring these characters.

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    23. Really liked this book. I think kids would like it too. There is some sophisticated vocabulary here and some complex themes (power, invisibility, diversity, friendship) and there is also a social justice/community support slant. Lots of good stuff for a small little middle grades book! Who says YA isn't complex?

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    24. Couldn't put this one down. I love that the author mixes actual historical events and places in Harlem into the story. She also resides important questions in the story such as who gets to decide what happens to a community? How do we honor the past as we move into the future? What is our true identity? Terrific for Middle school students.

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    25. I think that the book was good but it got off to a slow start. The book was really exciting and throughout the whole book everything was a mystery. Harlem Charade really got me thinking and left me on a cliffhanger. The beginning was really slow and it was really boring but if you stick with it, it gets good.

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    26. It was my first real mystery book and it wan't bad. I liked how there was still unanswered questions until the last page. The only reason I didn't put 5 stars was because I don't think I would read another book like this, but I enjoyed the art in the city concept.

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    27. I'm not sure I would have kept reading as a child. Characters were a bit stock, the mystery a bit contrived, and there was less of a sense of place than I had hoped for. Still, an interesting story of diverse neighbors coming together.

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    28. ES or MS, great mystery that involves the culture and art world of the Harlem renaissance. Hits a lot of social hot sposts: homelessness, the high/low income gap, cultural decline of neighborhoods, etc.

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    29. A good story but the best writing was actually the extra material at the end of the book. The author's voice really came through with the personal stories and history of Harlem. But overall, this was a good book in the tradition of Under the Egg and Chasing Vermeer!

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    30. Great story with all the components of a modern day mystery. Almost as good as the story itself is the author's note at the end which reveals some of the truths that inspired the plot and characters. That alone brought the storyline to a whole new level!

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