The Blues of Flats Brown

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Holiday House, Jan 1, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 28 pages
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When two unhappy mutts run away from their mean master, A. J. Grubbs, they are discouraged to learn that he is pursuing them to bring them back home, so Flats Brown and Caleb must come up with the perfect blues tune in order to make A. J. Grubbs understand how they feel.

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Review: The Blues of Flats Brown

User Review  - Anthony - Goodreads

Myers is a much better writer than this picture book indicates. Too many words. Nina Laden's illustrations are interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Alabama Reading - Goodreads

Wonderful book to read with children of all ages! There is something so universal about the power of music and poetry. I reread this book several times a year to inspire me. When I read it to children ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsberg, West Virginia. When he was three years old, his mother died and his father sent him to live with Herbert and Florence Dean in Harlem, New York. He began writing stories while in his teens. He dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. After completing his army service, he took a construction job and continued to write. He entered and won a 1969 contest sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children, which led to the publication of his first book, Where Does the Day Go? During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. His works include Fallen Angels, Bad Boy, Darius and Twig, Scorpions, Lockdown, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Invasion, Juba!, and On a Clear Day. He also collaborated with his son Christopher, an artist, on a number of picture books for young readers including We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart and Harlem, which received a Caldecott Honor Award, as well as the teen novel Autobiography of My Dead Brother. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Monster, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. He also won the Coretta Scott King Award for African American authors five times. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness, at the age of 76.

Nina Laden is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "When Pigasso Met Mootise" and "The Night I Followed the Dog." She grew up in the New York City area but now lives in Washington State with her husband and three stepsons. Like Flats Brown, she plays blues guitar.

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