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Bells of Lake Superior

Bells of Lake Superior

by Dayton O. Hyde, Emma Witmer

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Gr 5-7-Tommy's father has died in prison. He and his mother live in a tiny flat next to a rectory, and Tommy works as a chimney sweep when he is not in school. The bright spot in his otherwise dismal life is his music. He studies flute with a formerly renowned musician who believes the boy is very talented. Tommy becomes convinced that the bitterness and unhappiness that pervades the town is due to musical discordance in the various church bells. Gradually, he files them until they are in perfect tune and then observes people seeming more content. Meanwhile, he also writes his first symphony. In an unbelievable turn of character, the town's chief curmudgeon decides to build a music shell instead of an iron ore dock on prime lakeshore property. There Tommy's symphony is triumphantly premiered. The setting of this story has all the ambiance of 19th-century England; however, it takes place in northern Michigan. Characterizations are Dickensian but are types-the poor but talented boy, the unheralded former leading musician-rather than fully developed individuals. Likewise, the events seem contrived and make the resolution melodramatic. And while the attempt to focus on the power of music is worthy, giving it all the credit for changing a community is not very convincing here. Altogether, this is an unsuccessful effort.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia

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Boyds Mills Press
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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