When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

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When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

by Michael Mahin

Illustrations by Jose Ramirez

First Release:

November 2018

ISBN: 9781534404137

Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violin. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing --a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.

Carlos tried el clarinet and el violin, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he 'd grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?

Author 's note. Bibliography. Further listening. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic and enamel markers on canvas.

  • ISBN: 9781534404137
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Atheneum
    Page Count: 48
    Trim Size: 9" x 12"
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 4, Points: 0.5
    Lexile: Level: 610L
    Awards & Honors: 2019 Sibert Award Honor
    2019 Pura Belpré Award Honor, Illustration
    ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
    CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: The Arts
    Genre: Nonfic
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