A Certain Music

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The story of an unbreakable bond formed by a lonely child and an eccentric musician with bonus material on understanding Beethoven's music, stepping into history, and fun with words 

It is 1821 and a lonely child spends her days hiding in the Vienna Woods until she spies an old man, a music maker. The man is composing a revolutionary new work, but he fears it will be ridiculed and that people will think he's gone mad. The child sits for hours watching and listening as he revises and plays, and slowly she develops a deep understanding of both the music and the man. Together they give each other the courage to face their critics and dare to be different.


Celeste Walters is the author of several works for young readers, including Deception, The Killing of Mud-Eye, and The Last Race. Anne Spudvilas is a painter and has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Millstone and The Peasant Prince.


"Writing in an understated manner, Walters lets readers draw their own inferences about the girl's challenges as well as her name, which is revealed in the end. Occasional ink drawings with gray washes will help readers visualize the period setting."  —Booklist