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Juba In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers s last novel he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba who lived in the nineteenth century This enga

  • Title: Juba!
  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • ISBN: 9780062112712
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers s last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century.This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today s tap, jazz, and stIn New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers s last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century.This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today s tap, jazz, and step dancing With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba s story.The novel includes photographs, maps, and other images from Juba s time and an afterword from Walter Dean Myers s wife about the writing process of Juba

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    1. Lata on said:

      Wonderful and tragic story about William Henry Lane, known as Master Juba, a young African American man who was a gifted dancer. He lived and died in the 1800s, was passionate about dancing and was tremendously talented.

    2. Cathie on said:

      Very good historical fiction novel about William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba or "Boz's Juba", set in the early 1800s. Juba was a black dancer who Charles Dickens wrote about after seeing him perform in New York. (Boz was a name du plume that Dickens sometimes used when writing articles for the papers.) Juba would later go on to travel to London to pursue his dream of having others see him dance.The secondary characters (Margaret, Stubby, Jack, Sara, and many others) each had their ow [...]

    3. Book Riot Community on said:

      There are a bunch of wonderful novels out today steeped in historic events, this one being among the best. Myers tells the story of William Henry Lane, a young black dancer credited with influencing today's tap, jazz, and step dancing. Myers extensively researched Lane, known on stage as Master Juba, to bring to life an often-overlooked artist. Sadly, this is Myer's last novel, as he passed away in 2014. If you've never read him before, Juba! is a great place to start.Tune in to our weekly podca [...]

    4. J L's Bibliomania on said:

      Middle-grade or YA Historical fiction. Adequate novelization of the story of African-American dancer William Henry Lane (aka Master Juba) in the first half of the 1800's in New York City. Juba's claim to fame came because of his chance encounter with Charles Dickens, and the subsequent review in Dicken's American Notes. Juba danced in England in the 1850's. It didn't turn out well in the end, but I'll let you read the book to find out why. In some ways the excerpts from historical documents are [...]

    5. Leslie on said:

      Interesting life of "Boz's Juba" (William Henry Lane), a young black dancer who, in the 1840s, helped to create tap dancing by blending Irish jigs & reels with African rhythms.Brandon Gill does a decent narration, though at times when he was doing English voices, his accent wavered.

    6. Kenya (ReviewsMayVary) on said:

      3.5 stars, like most books based on real events. I am counting this book for the Read Harder Book about Sports, because dancing definitely counts!

    7. Alicia on said:

      I gave up on this one. Give me a nonfiction about the REAL Juba and you might have kept my attention, but the story was slow and didn't keep me interested. There wasn't the signature 'character connection' that I typically feel with Myers' characters a la Monster, Fallen Angels, Dope Sick, or Sunrise Over Fallujah.I'd venture that this wasn't complete when Walter Dean Myers passed, but nearly enough so that someone thought it best to publish it. Points for an engaging cover and the topic, but it [...]

    8. Roberta Almeida on said:

      This is a wonderfully written and throughly researched hist fic book about William Henry Lane (Master Juba) who was a black dancer (credited to have influenced jazz and tap dance) and entertainer in 1850's NYC and London. And as much as it's about his career and life choices and struggles it's also about overcoming barriers and understanding a whole new world. It's a really fast read and so so enjoyable!!It's also Meyer's last book as he passed away in 2014.

    9. Carol Baldwin on said:

      Writing historical fiction is hard. You read shelves full of books, study documents, interview experts, ponder maps, photographs, and data. You work really hard to insert authentic details (what color dress would she have worn to the dance? What did he eat for lunch? What bus would she have taken to work?) and then plunge forward to create as authentic a character as possible.But when you're writing a story about a young man who lived over a hundred and fifty years ago to whom you want to pay tr [...]

    10. Ernie on said:

      Myers was the multi-award winning writer of the classic YA novel Monster (1999) which, if you have not read it, you should right now. He is an African American who wrote about exploited youth and injustice and in Juba, his last novel, he turns from his contemporary American city characters to base his story on his historical research of an African American dancer, Juba, who became famous as “Boz's Juba” after Charles Dickens saw him perform in New York in 1852 when Dickens was so impressed t [...]

    11. gem on said:

      This is a book I would never have come across had I not been sent a copy by Harper360, and as soon as I received it I started reading as it sounded so different from anything I'd usually read.Based upon the life of William Henry Lane, "Juba" who was a black dancer in the mid 1800's, this story is fascinating. The way the author describes the dancing is wonderful, I could clearly picture Juba and the other performers as they moved across the stages they were on. Each character was well drawn, and [...]

    12. Emily on said:

      This was fine, if dry. It seemed a lightly-sketched fictional take on Juba's life. I have to wonder if there's a dearth of historical data or if Myers wasn't able to put as much detail as he wanted into it. Either way, it's skimpy on the details, minus an excruciating blow by blow of a show that Juba puts together early on, and worse somehow how fails to make a connection to how much he influenced dance.

    13. Emily on said:

      I feel somewhat sad that this was Myers' last offering - not to say that it's bad, I just wish he'd had time for one more contemporary read. This book, however, is poignant for more reasons than as Myers' last, however - and good for a younger reader as well, though the n* word is used, appropriately for the historical time period, a few times.

    14. Beth on said:

      I just didn't connect with this one. I have a feeling I was missing some things by listening to the audio as opposed to reading the book, although the audiobook narrator was entertaining to listen to.

    15. Carolyn on said:

      i enjoyed this!! this was a quick audiobook read (~5 hours) and i finished it in one day because of a long car ride. i feel like this book started out pretty strong but i got less invested toward the finish. around the 60%-70% point of this book, i fell asleep a few times and had to keep rewinding. this was really because i had gotten like 5 hours asleep, but the entertainment quality at that point in the book was still a factor. i think the highlight of this book was the commentary on blackface [...]

    16. Cindy on said:

      An interesting true story of a dancer from New York - a free black man in a country where he could be grabbed off the street and sold into slavery. This happened to a friend of his, and encouraged his staying on in England after his tour there ended. While much of Juba's story is pleasant, the dangers and difficulties of his life are very sad, especially in light of the current racial unrest in America. It's heartbreaking to realize how the deep seated ideas of racial superiority have poisoned o [...]

    17. Heather on said:

      This was okay, I thought the narrative was a little choppy in places.Summary: In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry "Juba" Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba; includes historical note.

    18. Kathleen on said:

      I never knew what direction this book was going to go next! I listened to it on Playaway, and Brandon Gill's voice is a delight. A must-listen for people who love to dance! Juba's constant desire to do nothing but dance, and the frustrations at the roadblocks in his way, felt as real to me as if they were happening to a friend.

    19. Erikka on said:

      This was a fun little historical fiction piece about a black dancer and his quest for stardom. Spanning continents and illustrating the turbulent antebellum era and sentiments, this is a great read for students studying race relations and the Civil War.

    20. Phoenix on said:

      Engaging writing and a decent story if you're into overcoming adversary and "I just want to ~dance!~" stories. Interesting in that it's a fictionalized account of a real person. But aside from piquing my interest on Dickens' book about America, I found it unremarkable.

    21. Lizanne Johnson on said:

      YA, historical fiction, northern blacks in the time of slavery, racism, minstrel show, coming of age, based on a true story

    22. Zach Koenig on said:

      Billed as the “final novel” from the now-deceased Walter Dean Myers, “Juba” is an engaging and important look at the racial stereotypes and practices of 1840s America, told via the real-life story of William Henry Lane…”Master Juba” when dancing on the stage.For a basic plot summary, this book is set in the 1840s and focuses on Juba, a young man who has an incredible skill for dancing. He could fill concert halls from top to bottom with his unique and frenetic dancing style that, e [...]

    23. David on said:

      I picked up this book, having read several other of Myers books. Admittedly, I didn't read the synopsis, and I judged the book by its cover and dove in hoping for lighter fare, a break from heavy histories that have filled my recent reading diet. though this is far from light, Myer expertly tells the historical tale of a free black dancer reviewed and revered by Charles Dickens. Set in 1842, questions of race and worth that still beg answers 170 years later assault the reader as will live the sa [...]

    24. Sharon Purucker on said:

      Juba! is a story about the life of William Henry Lane, a dancer known as Master Juba. Without this account by W.D. Myers, Juba would remain unknown to young readers. Through this book we learn of the hardships of free blacks and immigrants in the Five Points area of New York City and discover how their lives were most likely interwoven as Myers describes. We learn of what a great dancer Juba must have been performing in New York and in England and being favorably reviewed by Charles Dickens. In [...]

    25. Ms. Yingling on said:

      E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineBased on a real person, this novel starts in New York City in 1842. William Henry Lane, who calls himself Juba, lives in a room rented to him and Stubby by elderly Irish fishmonger Jack. Stubby loves to cook and does well with assisting Jack in going door to door to sell fish, but Juba just wants to dance. He has some luck in a variety of Irish run nightclubs, but does not want to do minstrel shows or "blacken up" his act. It's bad enough that there is slav [...]

    26. Sarah-Hope on said:

      Juba! is an interesting work of fiction grounded in fact. Yes, there was a Master Juba, an African American dancer who performed in the U.S. and England in the pre-Civil War era. Yes, Charles Dickens saw him perform more than once and wrote about his dancing.The time in which this novel is set is one of contradictions. Half of America is free; the other half is slave-owning. Minstrel shows featuring white men dressed as caricatures of black men were popular, particularly in the north. On the oth [...]

    27. Deborah on said:

      Juba! is a wonderful fictionalized history based on the life of William Henry Lane, a 19th century New York black dancer reminiscent of Mr. Bojangles. Set in Five Points, Walter Dean Myers weaves downtrodden poor Irish immigrant lives with those of precariously destitute free African Americans in a time of slavery and social upheaval, crime and burgeoning human rights' awareness. Juba is a skilled dancer with the unique ability to blend dances of multiple cultures, re-imagining the dances and cr [...]

    28. Angie on said:

      A historical fiction account of William Henry Lane (Master Juba), a young black dancer from the 1800s. Juba starts dancing in New York, then is asked to plan different shows, and eventually takes his skills and talent to England to continue to follow his dream and passion."Reading" this book as an audio version, I think I missed out on the photographs, maps, and images. I am interested in looking at these. In terms of the book, it's personally hard for me to give Myers two stars since he is one [...]

    29. Cameron White on said:

      Juba! is a book that takes place in the 1850's. William Henry Lane is the main character, who happens to be an African American and a dancer. This book is based on the struggles of everyday life as a black man, entangled with the life of a dancer. I did not enjoy this book. A book about dancing is boring enough, but adding African American struggles to it sent it over the edge for me. The book depresses you because of the way the blacks are treated in the 1850's, and then the dancing will bore y [...]

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