Shaky Bones

A Story of the Harlem Renaissance

Scrapbooks of America
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The famous poet Countee Cullen gives Simon Brocade his nickname: Shaky Bones. As Shaky explains it, when the music starts, he just can't be still! Music and creativity seem to ooze from everyone in Shaky's neighborhood during the Harlem Renaissance-- including from Shaky. He wants to be famous as a poet. A young poet's competition teaches Shaky that being known as a good person might just be better than being known as a talent. Shaky guides readers through the Harlem of his day, introduces us to prominent writers and musicians of the era, and brings us the excitement of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2004
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Dewey F
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 9.5 x 7.5
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 72931
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Activities for further learning, Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Starred, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
  • Shaky's Story
  • The History of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Glossary
  • Timeline
  • Activities
  • To Find Out More
  • About the Author
Author: Pamela Dell

Pamela Dell has been writing for kids since the late 1980's, including work in both print and interactive multimedia. In the mid-1990's, she became one of the founders of Purple Moon, a highly acclaimed interactive game company for girls. As part of her role there, Pamela created the characters and scripts for the company's multiple-award winning Rockett CD-Rom game series. She has also produced work, both fiction and nonfiction, for clients such as Mattel, Carus Publishing, World Book Encyclopedia, Children's Press, Plan B Enterprises, Addictive Media, and the University of California, among others...subsequently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


A noteworthy review of Scrapbooks of America from Library Media Connection on May 1, 2004

Historical fiction buffs will love this series. This is a first person narrative of what life was like in Harlem during the age of the Harlem Renaissance, primarily the 1920s. Simon Brocade, AKA Shaky Bones, is the young narrator. He is interested in writing… View →

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