Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
It is 1946. Young Langston's life has been turned upside down. Gone are quite slow-paced days. Gone are family and friends. His warm rural Alabama hometown has been replaced with Chicago.
After his mother dies, Langston's father decides to move north, seeking a better life for his son. Moving into a shabby apartment with wallpaper created from newspaper is a huge adjustment.
This Alabama transplant wears overalls and speaks with a distinctive drawl. Instantly he is derisively called "country boy" by the class bully. Others join in taunting the new boy in school.
He wonders, can he ever feel at home in this strange place?
Magic of Words
Seems more like a magician to me, pulling words from my heart I never knew I had."