Beethoven in Paradise

Barbara O’Connor

Frances Foster Books

Download Image Barbara O’Connor Beethoven in Paradise

Available Formats

BookeBook
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.

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

Beethoven in Paradise
OneMARTIN DUCKED AS his baseball glove hit the wall. He kept his gaze on the spot where it landed."Martin, sometimes I swear you try to make me look like a fool," his father said in that too-calm voice that gave Martin the creeps. "You trying to make me a laughingstock?"Martin tried to force down the lump in his throat. A tune started in his head."You gonna answer me? Look at me when I'm talking to you." Ed Pittman picked up the glove and put it on. "I was embarrassed to call you my son. You let every pitch sail right past you.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Beethoven in Paradise

"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

Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Barbara O’Connor

Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including 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.

Barbara O'Connor

Photo by Bill O'Connor
Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Beethoven in Paradise
Barbara O’Connor

Award

American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
September 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466809949
ISBN10: 1466809949
Middle-Grade Fiction168 pages
Age Range: 10 to 13
Grade Range: 5 to 8
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
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
Back

From The Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back