Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo

After just a couple of weeks on the job as a new reporter, Lesley gets the opportunity to interview world-renowned violinist, Paolo Levi before a concert that will celebrate his 50th birthday. She is is told, however, that she must not ask him The Mozart Question. To her amazement, upon meeting with Mr. Levi, and asking the first question that comes into her mind, she is told his story from the very beginning of how he started playing the violin. By the British Children's Laureate this is a story that takes you from the beautiful city of Venice to the horrid concentration camps of World War II. It is Paolo's story from a boy who wants to have what he knows he can't and what he will do to get it. It is a story of secrets that need to be told and in the end it is a story of hope and perseverance.

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Gail Giles never ceases to amaze with the way she can hook you on a book with the first lines. The three things we know about Kip McFarland are:
"First, you don't know my real name."
"Second, I murdered somebody once."
"Third... well, maybe this will tell you."
And so begins Right Behind You. Reeling from his mother's death and the rough life he is living in Alaska, Kip ignites Bobby Clarke for showing off his new baseball gloves. Years of therapy and institutionalization later, Kip becomes Wade Madison and begins a new life in Indiana where he seems to have it all together. But despite the second chance, one night of too much to drink brings his world collapsing around him and for a second time his family must move away to Texas where Wade meets Sam, a girl who has her secrets as well. The book is written in short chapters, much like a diary and will put the reader through every emotion. At times you want to hate Kip (Wade), and other times you will cry for him.