Born Blue

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Harcourt, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 300 pages
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Janie . . . Leshaya . . . whatever she’s called, she’s a survivor. Rescued from the brink of death, this child of a heroin addict has seen it all: revolving foster homes, physical abuse, an unwanted pregnancy. Now, as her tumultuous childhood is coming to an end, she is determined not only to survive but to make a life for herself by doing the only thing that makes her feel whole . . . singing.
Born Blue is the hard-hitting story of a girl who searches for love and security despite the roadblocks in her way—a gritty story that inspires understanding, tolerance, and compassion. National Book Award winner Han Nolan introduces a heroine unlike any before. A girl with the voice of a woman. A woman with the dreams of a little girl. Readers will never forget Leshaya.

A portion of the sales from this book will be donated to the Monarch High School Project in San Diego, California.

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User Review  - Lisa.Johnson.James - LibraryThing

This is in the YA category. Ultimately, it's rather sad because the ending leaves you hanging & you never know if Jane/Leshaya cleans up her act, & grows up to realize her dream of being a jazz/R & B ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Absolutely riveting and incredibly painful is the story of Janie, unable to connect emotionally with anyone, and clutching her incredible talent to sing as all else fails. Neglected by her addict ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

HAN NOLAN is the author of If I Should Die Before I Wake; the National Book Award finalist Send Me Down a Miracle; the National Book Award winner Dancing on the Edge; and A Face in Every Window. She lives in New England.