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Ella: Queen of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play — and all because of her color. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help.

The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born — and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity.

"Hancocks’s story largely revolves around the friendship that developed between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe... A warm portrait of two famous women helping each other out." — Publishers Weekly

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"Touring the U.S. with her band, Fitzgerald was denied the opportunity to perform at a Hollywood nightclub ('Ella was black, and some folks didn’t want her singing in their club'). Monroe to the rescue: 'If she plays, I will sit at the front every night for all the people and paparazzi to see,' she tells the club manager.... Splashy graphics do a fine job of evoking 1950s glamour." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Helen Hancocks
Illustrator Helen Hancocks
ISBN 1847809189
Publication Date Feb 6, 2018
Publisher Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Language English