In James Johnson's family, everybody strums and sings. With their music, his mamma, daddy, and uncle get crowds stomping at county fairs. Eleven-year-old James loves to sing harmony with his grandma on their favorite old mountain ballads. One day, the Johnson family hires a manager to book their appearances. But when the manager hears James sing, he quickly gives the boy a stage name and puts him on national TV. As his popularity grows, James will have to decide what is more important to him-fame or family. Millions of readers have been enchanted by Katherine Paterson's books, which include Newbery Medal-winning Bridge to Terabithia. With narrator Linda Stephens' musical voice, Come Sing, Jimmy Jo is as moving as the melodies the Johnson family sings. This book was chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A Booklist Editor's Choice, and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice.
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by Katherine Paterson
""Jimmy Jo" is the stage name his mamma has given James Johnson, a mountain boy who's been living on a rocky farm with his Grandma until he joins the family singing group on the "Country Time" TV show in Tidewater, Virginia. Suddenly, the shy 11-year-old has fans, long lost relatives coming out of the woodwork, a tough sixth-grade teacher, and a chance to see his ambitious mother's shallow vanity close-up. Written by Newbery Medal-winning children's writer Katherine Paterson (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA), this is one of those stories that starts slow and builds. It is helped immeasurably by the gentle voice of narrator Linda Stephens, who even supplies James's singing with a pure alto that will make readers a fan of Jimmy Jo's music-- and Stephens's voice. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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