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Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (Juv Fic)
Dahlberg, Maurine F. Play to the Angel.
In Vienna in 1938, in the shadow of an increasingly dangerous Nazi Germany, twelve-year-old Greta pursues her dream of becoming a concert pianist like her dead brother Kurt, despite a lack of support from her widowed mother. (Juv Fic)
Frank, Lucy. Lucky Stars.
Music entwines Kira, a thirteen-year-old singer who hates that her father makes her perform for money on New York City subway platforms; Eugene, the class clown; and Jake, who longs to sing and to approach Kira, but feels held back by his stuttering.
Nichol, Barbara. Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
The letters that ten-year-old Christoph and his uncle exchange show how Christoph's feelings for Mr. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder who shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration. (Juv Fic)
Paterson, Katherine. Come Sing, Jimmy
When his family becomes a successful country music group and makes him a featured singer, eleven-year-old James has to deal with big changes in all aspects of his life, even his name. (Juv Fic)
Stauffacher, Sue. Bessie Smith and the
Black blues singer Bessie Smith single-handedly scares off Ku Klux Klan members who are trying to disrupt her show one hot July night in Concord, North Carolina. ( j )
Anderson, Matthew T. Handel, Who Knew
What He Liked.
A man who would later compose some of the world's most beautiful music is shown as having a mind of his own. (j780.92)
Ardley, Neil. A Young Person's Guide
Book with accompanying CD offers young people great resource to understand classical music. (j780)
Christensen, Bonnie. Woody Guthrie, Poet
of the People.
Celebrate the life and times and spirit of an American original-the great folk musician Woody Guthrie. Brief, lyrical text and stunning woodcut illustrations make this a moving introduction to the folksinger's life. (j782.4092)
Goble, Paul. Love Flute.
A Native American tale about how a gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl. (j398.2)
Koscielniak, Bruce. The Story of the
Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and
the Symphony Orchestra.
Describes the orchestra, the families of instruments of which it is made, and the individual instruments in each family. (j784.2)
Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Musicians:
Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought).
The lives of twenty composers and musicians, from Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach to Gershwin, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Woody Guthrie, are profiled in this eclectic, humorous, and informative collection. (j780.92)
Monceaux, Morgan. Jazz: My Music, My
A tribute to the makers of jazz, with exuberantly original paintings, personal recollections and illuminating biographical sketches of 40 great jazz musicians. (j781.65)
Reich, Susanna. Clara Schumann: Piano
The life of the German pianist and composer, who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and her family. (j780.92)
Siberell, Anne. Bravo! Brava! A Night
at the Opera: Behind the Scenes with Composers, Cast and Crew.
Discover the history of opera, from its origins in Italy in the 17th century, to the present. Includes profiles of famous composers, brief descriptions of some well-known opera, and a detailed discussion of what is involved in staging an opera. (j782.1)