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Apr 01 2019

Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

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Angus and Robertson, 2019. ISBN: 9781460754979.
(Age: 8-12) Melody Trumpet comes from a famous musical family. Her mother is a world-renowned singer and her father an exceptional conductor. Both parents were extremely disappointed to find out that their long-awaited child was a musical disaster. She can't sing or play any instrument even after years of exclusive tutoring.
Melody's parents hide her away in shame and forbid her to mix with any other children in case her talentless secret is revealed.
Mr and Mrs Trumpet are reminiscent of poor Matilda's parents in Roald Dahl's famous book of the same name. They are cruel, uncaring and completely self-obsessed.
Melody briefly escapes her parent's mansion to discover another world and new friends. It is Melody's notebook that changes her life and gives her a chance to discover her true talent.
Melody discovers how important friendship is and that money and fame are unimportant without love and kindness. The novel also celebrates discovering your special skill or talent and applauding differences.
Gabrielle Tozer's previous books have been written for young adults and this is her first book for younger students.
This is a delightful, amusing story that will appeal to readers from 8 to 12 years old.
Jane Moore

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