The Magic in Changing Your Stars

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Union Square Kids
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5.3 X 7.7 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Leah Henderson tells stirring stories featuring black heroes and heroines. She is the author of the middle-grade novel, One Shadow on the Wall, and her short story will be included in the YA anthology, Black Enough: Stories in Black Teenhood in America. She lives in Washington, DC. Find Leah on Twitter @LeahsMark and on her website at


"A fast-paced story about family, bravery, and the arts, this story will have readers wanting to visit Harlem and tap alongside Ailey, Grampa, and Bojangles himself."-School Library Journal (Starred review)

"Ailey Benjamin Lane can dance outta this world and even drop a dope rhyme, but he struggles to perform his best under the spotlight. Henderson's characters have such powerful names, evoking a legacy of black excellence that dovetails triumphantly with this story of facing regrets and achieving redemption. (A list of these names is appended.) . . . Black excellence, black fantastic, and black family combine for a transformational story of passion and persistence." --Kirkus, starred review

"The Magic in Changing Your Stars is an enchanting story of a boy whose dream of becoming a star will take readers on a most wonderfully magical journey--a heartfelt tribute to legendary African American performers and their place among the stars." --Ibi Zoboi, New York Times bestselling author of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

"The value of family, perseverance, and believing in oneself takes center stage in this bighearted multigenerational story tinged with enchantment."--Publisher's Weekly