Our next Bingo book is Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance by Eleanora E. Tate, which is also one of the available prizes. Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance is set in 1921 during the Harlem Renaissance and features 13-year-old violin playing Celeste who dreams of becoming a doctor. When her father is diagnosed with tuberculosis, she is sent to live with her Aunt Valentina, an actress Celeste thinks of as fancy and living a lavish lifestyle. But when she arrives in Harlem, she discovers Aunt Valentina’s situation is anything but what she’d anticipated. Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance was an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice award winner. Publishers Weekly wrote “In Celeste, Tate has created a fully realized heroine, whose world expands profoundly as she’s exposed to both the cultural pinnacles and racial prejudices of her era.” Eleanora E. Tate shared her creative space with us on May 31.
Reader Cynae Punch left a comment on Eleanora E. Tate’s interview with a wonderful story about how Ms. Tate made a very personal connection with Cynae as a child. If you click on the interview, I highly recommend you scroll down to read her comment and story.