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Latasha and the Kidd on Keys Paperback – March 19, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Midlandia Press (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983724393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983724391
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,938,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First introduced in Latasha and the Little Red Tornado (2011), the almost 10-year-old is still adoring her three-legged dog, Ella Fitzgerald, and taking on new challenges—including joining a group of other gifted and talented children in her Pittsburgh school to put on a show and trying to reconnect with her absent father. The latter proves to be challenging indeed, as Patrick Kidd turns out to be a charming but unreliable musician who stood up her mother when it mattered most and ultimately does the same to her. Along with mending a rift with her best friend, discovering the repercussions of mouthing off to a teacher, and other common experiences, Latasha begins to work her way toward the realization that her father’s not going to change. She also deals with complex reactions from her friends when they learn that he’s white. Both dogs and deep emotional issues occupy the center of this fetching sequel, and the occasional realistically modeled black-and-white illustrations capture several of its more intimate and wryly comical moments. Grades 4-6. --John Peters

About the Author

Michael Scotto received his MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and today is the author of several novels for children and the Tales of Midlandia picture book and iPad app series. In 2011, he was selected by Pittsburgh magazine and Pump as one of the "Pittsburgh 40 Under 40," a group of forty people under the age of forty who are helping to shape the Pittsburgh region. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and photography. He lives in the city of Pittsburgh with his lovely wife and their crafty dog.

More About the Author

Michael Scotto has worked as a filmmaker, a saxophone player, and an engineer's assistant, but his true passion has always been writing. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Scotto is the author of the "Tales of Midlandia" picture book series. His debut novel, "Latasha and the Little Red Tornado," was released by Midlandia Press in November 2011. His second novel, "Postcards from Pismo," was published in May 2012. A new novel, "Latasha and the Kidd on Keys," will be released in Spring 2013. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and their very naughty dog. In 2011, he was honored for his contributions to the Western Pennsylvania region as one of the "Pittsburgh 40 Under 40."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on March 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Latasha lives in Pittsburgh with her mom, and her very energetic dog Ella. She lives close to her very best friend, Ricky. Latasha begins to wonder about her father, who is largely absent from her life. A large school project involving music gives her an excuse to spend more time with her musician father.

What a great children's book this is! First off, Latasha is a very likeable character. She has the same problems as most kids her age, like fights with friends and mean teachers. However, Latasha had a special set of problems that we rarely see addressed in children's books, namely, the stress of being raised by a single parent with an absent co-parent. I think the author does an incredible job of tackling this topic, and showing how family dynamics impact children. I also like that the main character is a female of color in an urban setting. We need more stories like this.

I liked that the book tackles real issues in a way that children will understand, without them seeming watered- or dumbed- down. I also liked that not everything was resolved in a picture perfect fashion. Life never works that way, so I think it is important that children have realistic stories from which they can learn coping mechanisms.

I am also quite partial to the fact that the story is set in Pittsburgh. A fair amount of (accurate) Pittsburgh charm is inserted into the story. All Pittsburgh schools should have this book in their libraries.

I received a review copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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