Spring 2023

Enly and the Buskin' Blues

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Twelve-year-old Enly Wu Lewis is determined to go to band camp and follow in the footsteps of his musician father, who died years ago.

But his mom, a single parent working two jobs, is saving every penny for his older brother’s college tuition. So Enly sets out to earn the money for camp on his own, by busking with an obscure instrument he can only kind of play. When someone drops a winning scratch-off lottery ticket into his tip box, Enly thinks it’s the answer to his problems—but he’ll have to overcome teenage thieves and his own family if he wants to achieve his dreams.

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On pre-order until 02/07/2023
On pre-order until 02/07/2023
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 208
Publication Date 2023-02-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV031040, JUV013060, JUV039070
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Guided Reading Level X
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

“A quick-paced coming-of-age story exploring music and family expectations.”—Kirkus Reviews

Rebecca Petruck

“Encourages readers who need to be seen as well as those who need to see . . . I tip my hat to Liu—and put a tip in the hat for Enly!”—Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal

Alan Gratz

“A fast-paced, quirky caper with an authentic middle-grade voice.”—Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author

Bobbie Pyron

“Witty and wise.”—Bobbie Pyron, author of Lucky Strike

Author: Jennie Liu

Jennie Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. Her young adult novels have won honors including a Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention and an In the Margins: Best Books for Teens award. She lives in North Carolina with her family.