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The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Solid historical fiction, great for classical music lovers.

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Nicholas Christopher, poet and author of several adult novels, makes his YA debut with this story that's well structured and evenly paced -- almost to a fault. The rich historical detail and engaging hero add some spice to the mix, though. Also, getting off the roller-coaster ride that dominates so much of YA literature to enjoy a story at a Four Seasons pace can be a refreshing change. History-loving kids will enjoy rooting for Nicolo and exploring the vivid world of European music in Vivaldi's time.

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