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The Jazz Man

Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi



About The Book

In this Newbery Honor–winning picture book, a young boy falls in love with the incredible music that his neighbor makes.

Zeke, a nine-year-old boy with a lame leg, lives five flights up in a house in Harlem and amuses himself by looking out the windows. When the Jazz Man with his wonderful music moves into a bright yellow room across the courtyard, Zeke’s life takes on new meaning.

He doesn’t think about the jobs his father works or how his mother goes up and down five long flights of stairs of stairs every day with the dreamy blues adding color to the drab world. But what would happen to Zeke’s dream is the Jazz Man leaves?

About The Author

Mary Hays Weik (1898–1979) was an American children’s book author and activist.

About The Illustrator

Ann Grifalconi, a native New Yorker, is the author and illustrator of The Village of Round and Square Houses and Darkness and the Butterfly. As an illustrator, she has collaborated on with many writers on picture books, including The Jazz Man.

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Newbery Honor Book

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