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A certain music / Celeste Walters ; illustrated by, Anne Spudvilas.

By: Walters, Celeste.
Contributor(s): Spudvilas, Anne, 1951- [illustrator.] | Spudvilas, Anne, 1951-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Woolshed Press, 2009Description: 122 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781741663334 (pbk.).Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Juvenile fiction | Music -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Loneliness -- Juvenile fiction | Wienerwald (Austria) -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's stories, Australian. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: Children's Fiction Summary: Set in the Vienna Woods in 1823, a lonely child and an old man begin an odd friendship which develops through their mutual love of music. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.
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It is 1821 and a lonely child spends her days hiding in the Vienna Woods until she spies an old man, a music maker. The man is composing a revolutionary new work, but he fears it will be ridiculed and that people will think he's gone mad. The child sits for hours watching and listening as he revises and plays, and slowly she develops a deep understanding of both the music and the man. Together they give each other the courage to face their critics and dare to be different.

Set in the Vienna Woods in 1823, a lonely child and an old man begin an odd friendship which develops through their mutual love of music. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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A nine-year-old girl lives in Vienna in the early 1800s. Her mother works in a factory, while her father joins the army in an effort to stop drinking away his meager earnings. Taunted by other children as the daughter of a drunkee, the girl enjoys listening to the music coming from the house of a gruff composer, and eventually she becomes his friend. A few years later, she learns that he has honored her in an unexpected way. Major characters are referred to as the child, the woman, and the man, an unusual device with a purpose that becomes apparent as the story progresses. Writing in an understated manner, Walters lets readers draw their own inferences about the girl's challenges as well as her name, which is revealed in the end. Occasional ink drawings with gray washes will help readers visualize the period setting. First published in Australia, this rewarding paperback can be paired with Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1994) for a memorable, musical duo.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist