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Amato. Mary.
New York : Egmont USA, 2012

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

ďI play whatís inside me. Thatís what I mean by thrumming. When the vibrations of the music make your soul vibrate, you feel the thrum. Itís like youíre perfectly in tune with the song, as if you are the music and the music is you.Ē When I thrum I know Iím being heard. The notes escape me and as I play the vibrations take away all that I feel. Music is not the notes on the page but instead the feelings that it helps relay. For Lyla, though, music was all about the notes written on the sheet and how those notes are performed. Lyla was all about following the structure of the sheet music instead of feeling the music inside her. I would have never imagined that she would find the freedom of music and I would find the structure of the note. 
(South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee 2015,  Prepared by: BriAnne Baxley, Berkeley County Public Library,

Booktalk #2

Two students from very different backgrounds are forced to share a music practice room. Tripp uses the room on odd days to escape his troubles by practicing a borrowed guitar. Lyla, an award-winning cellist, is supposed to use the room on even days to practice cello but finds herself strumming the left-behind guitar instead. Through notes left for each other, the unlikely pair find themselves challenging each other to write songs and find a way to use music to work through their personal struggles. (Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Rosie Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Musicians -- Fiction.
                        Guitar -- Fiction.
                        Cello -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.

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