Steel Drumming at the Apollo: The Road to Super Top Dog

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Lee & Low Books
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7.8 X 9.8 X 0.2 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Trish Marx has written several books for children. Marx specializes in nonfiction, especially current events and environmental issues--interests that stem from her background in teaching and journalism. Marx lives in New York City.

Ellen B. Senisi is the photographer and author of several award-winning photo-essays for children. Specializing in candid photography, her work also appears regularly in educational publications, textbooks, and professional journals. Ellen's ideas for stories come from listening to children and following them around with her camera, as she did for Bebop Books' Shapes Where We Play and Counting Pumpkins. For Steel Drumming at the Apollo, chronicling the experiences of the Hamilton Hill Steel Drum Band was especially gratifying for Senisi since her son Steven is one of the band members. Senisi lives in Schenectady, New York. Her website is


"[A]n inspiring story of young people overcoming personal odds with creativity and vision." -- School Library Journal

This powerful book takes the reader on an exciting journey ... The main source of the book's excitement and "can't put down" feel comes from the Apollo Amateur Night competitions and the boys' progression to the final face-off. Woven throughout is a sophisticated set of lessons about working hard, nurturing talents, mentoring, studying, and responding to positive incentives. The book is as meaningful in social studies content as it is rich in artistic expression. -- The Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

"What does it take to play Amateur Night at the renowned Apollo Theater? Here readers can find out in the company of a steel-drum band formed by a group of Schenectady teens.... this account of their efforts makes inspiring reading for young performers tempted to try for the limelight themselves." -- Kirkus Reviews