Thorndike Press

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

  • Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432885200
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885205
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.43 lbs ( .65 kgs)
  • 522 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021



A Walter Dean Myers Honor Author
A Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award-Winning Author

Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph’s music lie forgotten after he’s murdered. With the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: the Architect. When his demo catches the attention of a music label rep, the trio must prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave. As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. With everything riding on Steph’s fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all they’ve worked so hard to hold on to — including each other.

Age Range: 13-17 | Grade Level: 8-9 | Lexile Measure: 720L


Customer Reviews

“Jackson scores a bull’s-eye with her passionate homage to black city life in the late ’90s, yet it’s her earnest takes on creativity, love, and loss that are timeless.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Exceptional storytelling, well-crafted, true-to-life dialogue, and the richly drawn Brooklyn landscape will draw readers into this fast-paced blend of mystery, budding romance, and social commentary . . . Thoroughly engrossing and as infectious as Steph’s lyrics.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Jackson repeatedly proves that she is a titan among her peers, and her latest novel is no exception . . . Jackson weaves the three points of view together seamlessly, creating richly drawn and authentically real teen characters.”

— Booklist (starred)

“This YA novel harmonizes music and prose to create a certified literary banger.”

— Shelf Awareness (starred)