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  • OBOB 21/22: The Harlem Charade - Paperback

OBOB 21/22: The Harlem Charade - Paperback

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Three strangers must team up and solve the mystery behind precious, stolen artwork in order to save their neighborhood. Ages 8-12.

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Fans of Chasing Vermeer will love this clever mystery about art, artifice, and the power of community.


Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family's bodega.

Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can't tell anyone who she really is.

Elvin's living on Harlem's cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.

When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin's grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune -- one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park. But if they don't find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved neighborhood will ever be the same...

In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.


We are currently offering 10% off the list price of titles on the 2021/2022 school year Oregon Battle of the Books lists! The paperback's typical price is $6.99. The Harlem Charade is in OBOB's 3rd-5th grade division.


Author: Natasha Tarpley

Paperback, 320 pages, Ages 8-12. Publisher: Scholastic Inc., April 24, 2018.

art / art theft / community life / detectives / mystery / new york
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