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In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers's last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century.

This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today's tap, jazz, and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba's story.

The novel includes photographs, maps, and other images from Juba's time and an afterword from Walter Dean Myers's wife about the writing process of Juba!

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Critical Praise

“Myers’ moving prose captures the dizzying speed with which the immensely talented Juba’s star eventually rises. Poignant, revealing period fiction about race and art in pre-Civil War America.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing glimpse into America’s past.” —Booklist

“[A] rich story.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062112712
  • ISBN 10: 0062112716
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 10/13/2015
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Dance

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