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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heart- and music-filled tale of collaboration and Chopin.

book cover of Duet, with large image of yellow bird

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Elise Broach's tale of a tween prodigy, a goldfinch, a wise teacher, and their quest for Chopin's long-lost piano celebrates friendship, perseverance, determination, hard work, and moments of joyous inspiration. Ziyue Chen's plentiful, lively illustrations add lots of appeal. There's a deep dive into classical music, from the composer's life and times to the difficulties of playing some of his works, and the rigorous intensity of piano competitions. As Mirabelle and Michael play their first Duet, "The singing and the music weave and braid, and they become something else entirely, a third thing filling the air between us."

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