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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

By Tiffany D. Jackson
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson digital book - Fable

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In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.

Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph’s music lie forgotten under his bed after he’s murdered—not when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party.

With the help of Steph’s younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all that they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.

"Jackson scores a bullseye with her passionate homage to Black city life in the late ’90s." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

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“It was definitely interesting but it wasn’t my favorite book ever. I’d give it like a 3.5-3.75.”
“Emma recommended this book to me for the hip hop square on book bingo! This was another YA book, and I thought it was just really well done. The tone didn’t feel cheesy, the plot progressed well and wove in a lot of interesting ideas. Lot of big ideas the author is bringing for the YA audience, like police brutality, women supporting women, and community care. I thought Jarrell’s character was a little underdeveloped as a member of the main trio? Personal liking would probs be 4 stars but felt like it was so well done it deserved it!”

About Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Allegedly, Monday's Not Coming, Let Me Hear a Rhyme, Grown, White Smoke, The Weight of Blood, and coauthor of Blackout and Whiteout. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, earned her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade of TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at www.writeinbk.com.

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