Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome, 103 pages. Holiday House, 2020. $18
Language: G (0 swears, 0“f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (Child abuse, severely beating a little boy with a belt)
BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Lymon is left in the care of his grandparents when his mom abandons him right after he is born and his dad travels with his band. Eventually Lymon ends up in an orphanage and people are strict there, the food is not very good, but Lymon loves music. He does not have his guitar anymore (it was smashed by his mother’s latest boyfriend), but the music teacher gives him a trumpet and teaches him to play. Lymon is musically gifted and learns really fast.
The story of Lymon is so sad. I loved the story, even though I was horrified at how he was beaten by his stepdad. I really recommend this book. It is a great read, and fast."
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