Beethoven in Paradise

Barbara O’Connor

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Set in a trailer park called Paradise

"You're just wasting your God-given talents if you don't get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play." Wylene made it sound so easy. Martin had always like music -- liked to listen to it, liked to make up tunes in his head. But all he had to do was say the word "piano" to his father and all hell would break loose. His father thought music was for sissies, and was always mad at Martin for not being good at baseball. But with a lot of help from his friends Wylene and Sybil and his grandmother, Hazeline, Martin learns that, although he can't change his father, he can learn to stick up for himself. With humor, pathos, and a colorful cast of offbeat characters, Barbara O'Connor shows that there's room for genius wherever there's a place for compassion-- even in Paradise.

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"Martin. . .is musically talented and lives in a trailer park called Paradise. His macho father thinks that music is for wimps and that real boys play baseball." --School Library Journal

"For every child who never wanted to play sports, a kindred spirit. . .Captures a young boy's heart and holds it out as a gift." --Pointer, Kirkus Reviews
"Quirky characters populate this promising…first novel…." --Publishers Weekly

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Barbara O’Connor

Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; Me and Rupert Goody; Greetings from Nowhere and How to Steal a Dog. She has been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside village not far from Plymouth Rock.

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Beethoven in Paradise
Barbara O’Connor

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Sunburst Paperbacks
September 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374405885
ISBN10: 0374405883
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 168 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$14.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
September 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466809949
ISBN10: 1466809949
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$7.99
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