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Marino, Nan.
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
ISBN 1596437537
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Elvis Ruby is a superstar with phenomenal talent. At eleven years old, he can play just about any instrument and he sings like an angel. He is a shoo-in to win the TweenStar talent competition (think American Idol for tweens). Unfortunately, during a live performance on stage, Elvis freezes. He can’t remember the words of the song. Now the paparazzi are camped outside his hotel and Elvis is in a panic. He needs a break from all this fame. Luckily his father’s old friend, known as Aunt Emily, lives way out in the Pinelands of New Jersey. Elvis can hide out there. He cuts his hair, changes his name, and tries to blend in at Emily’s restaurant, Piney Pete’s Pancake Palace. All goes well until the snoopy girl from next door, Cecilia, figures out who he really is. Not known for keeping secrets, Cecilia promises to keep his if he will do a favor for her. She has been searching for the mysterious “music of the pines,” which not everyone can hear, but, supposedly, her parents heard on the night she was born. Maybe if Elvis helps her, he will find his way back to his own music, too.    (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:     Singers -- Fiction.
                        Musicians -- Fiction.
                        Fame -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Gifted children -- Fiction.
                        Stage fright -- Fiction.
                        Pine Barrens (N.J.) -- Fiction.

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