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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.

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I could not put the book down. Beautifully written with so many life lessons.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (16):

This is a long book, but it's so rich and beautiful readers may be surprised to finish it in a few days, or even one day. There's history to learn and important messages about the pain of injustice and the importance of hope -- and music -- even in the darkest times. But readers may find what moves them most are the small, tender moments, such as when Friedrich and his older sister Elisabeth can't sleep, and their father opens their bedroom doors, brings out his cello, and "tells them to say farewell to their troubles because they were about to fly away on the wings of music."

Readers will fall for each of these protagonists -- as well as the boy from the fairy-tale-like framing story who sets it all in motion. And while they'll be more than satisfied by the clever ending, they'll be sad to leave these kindhearted characters behind.

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