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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden SmithA Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the YearWinner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride." -cover review of The New York Times Book Review"Outrageously entertaining." -USA Today"James McBride delivers another tour de force" -Essence"So imaginative, you'll race to the finish." -NPR.org"Wildly entertaining." - 4-star People lead review"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel." - Washington Post From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade - and who must pass as a girl to survive.



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James McBride

James McBride is a native New Yorker and a graduate of  New York City public schools. He studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 22. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.  He is married with three children. He lives in Pennsylvania and New York.  James McBride is a former staff writer for The Washington Post, People Magazine, and The Boston Globe. His work has also appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. His April, 2007 National Geographic story entitled "Hip Hop Planet" is considered a respected treatise on African American music and culture. As a musician, he has written songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. , and Gary Burton, among others. He served as a tenor saxophone sideman for jazz legend Little Jimmy Scott. He is the recipient of several awards for his work as a composer in musical theater including the Stephen Sondheim Award and the Richard Rodgers Foundation Horizon Award. His "Riffin' and Pontificatin' " Tour, a nationwide tour of high schools and colleges promoting reading through jazz, was captured in a 2003 Comcast documentary. He has been featured on national radio and television programs in America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. ---from his official website



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