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Children's LiteratureEmily's world has turned topsy-turvy when she, her mother, and father move into a two-bedroom apartment. Her older sisters had already married and moved out. Her parents slept in separate rooms, because her father is in love with a woman he works with. Emily's mother cried when the piano left, and though most people thought it strange, Emily understood. Perhaps if Emily found the piano, everyone would be happy again. This small chapter book conveys Emily's raw emotions in her attempt to be happy again by her scheming to find the beloved piano. Emily is also concerned about her mother, especially with her bouts of depression. Complex black-and-white line drawings reflect Emily's world on almost every page, from the confusion of her sisters' visit, to the levity of piano happiness as Emily sprawls underneath and is soothed by the massive vibrations. The story does end happily, though Emily's situation does not really change. The piano is found and Emily's mother sparkles once again. Girls reading clubs will find this book inviting—sharing thoughts only girls can share about their mothers, fathers, sisters—and even their passions. 2005, Annick Press, and Ages 9 to 12.