The Power of Harmony

The Power of Harmony

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Jennifer’s dream is to become a famous singer—except she’s terrified of singing in public. Since her best friend moved away, Jenn has become the target of the bullies at school. But when a Native girl, Melody, joins the class, the bullies have a new victim. Jenn’s heard what people, including her own grandmother, say about (3z(Bthose people.(3y (BBut, as she gets to know her new classmate, she discovers that, like her, Melody enjoys books and reading. She also finds that both of them love music. Set in Springhill, Nova Scotia during the late 1960s, this story of peer cruelty, faith, mortality, racism, and friendship perfectly captures time and place as its young narrator, Jennifer, struggles to find her voice and ultimately discovers the power of harmony.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780889954953
Branch Call Number: j COA NVD
Characteristics: 260 p

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0Charlie Jul 04, 2014

Although this work started out slowly, I appreciated that it reached beyond what I expected having read the back description. I enjoyed the adult author's ability to have an authentic "child's voice", given that she is writing a piece set almost 50 years in the past. I also liked that it is set in a real Canadian location with many names of actual people. Recommended for 9 to 12 year olds.

NatalieL May 08, 2014

Short listed for IODE Violet Downey Book Award for 2014.

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