Play to the Angelby Maurine Dahlberg
Austria in 1938 is under the shadow of the Nazis, but twelve-year-old Greta doesn't notice-she cares only for her piano lessons with their new neighbor, a teacher with a mysterious past. Herr Hummel believes in Greta, and she begins to prepare for a recital. Then the Nazis invade, and Greta discovers her teacher's secret. His life is in danger, and she may be the… See more details below
Austria in 1938 is under the shadow of the Nazis, but twelve-year-old Greta doesn't notice-she cares only for her piano lessons with their new neighbor, a teacher with a mysterious past. Herr Hummel believes in Greta, and she begins to prepare for a recital. Then the Nazis invade, and Greta discovers her teacher's secret. His life is in danger, and she may be the only one who can help him.
"While the unusual Holocaust setting is well drawn and rings true, this is first and foremost a novel about a girl who pursues a dream and learns to believe in herself." (School Library Journal)
SOURCE: VOYA, December2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Maurine F. Dahlberg, an editor for a Navy research institute, studied piano and plays piccolo and flute in a concert band. She lives in Oak Hill, Virginia.
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Greta has always had a love for piano music getting much musical experience from her brother, a musical prodigy. However, ever since her brother's death, Greta's mother suffers from severe headaches and refuses to hear the sound of piano music again in her presence. Not to mention, she refuses to acknowledge how much talent Greta has with playing piano. But things start to turn around for Greta as Herr Hummel arrives in Austria with only one bag. His past in Munich is a mystery and he wants it to remain that way. However, the only thing everyone does know is that her is a retired piano teacher. Not for long however when he takes in Greta as his new student. Entering her into her first concert at the musical academy her brother played at many times, Herr Hummel teaches Greta something more important then just playing piano but believing in yourself. On the contrary, was is coming and Herr Hummel is in danger as Nazis invade Austria. Only Greta could be the one that can save her teacher now.
This book is beyond Amazing. it sends you back in time to what it was like in WW2. Everyone should read this book for it shows that the most basic people can be very brave twards the ones that they love. Gretta helps save the life of a man from the nazis. Gretta makes new friends. Greta even helps him mom when she is having heradaches and really sad over the loss of her son named Kurt. this truly is a must read book.
I loved this book! Im half german im not natzi or a jew, but this book gave me a feeling like i was in there like a ghost watching her everymove! Its sad her brother died, but its life. this book taught me how creul natzis really were and could be to poeple who werent even jews. this girl has a passion for music and i have a passion for reading Books like this! good job and keep up the work!
It starts out good, a story about a girl who just wants to play piano. But know one understands her dream because its too 'fragile'. Her mother refuses to listen to her dream because of her brother who had died a year before. When Her Hummel moves in things change. He teaches her music and she finds courage in an unexpected way. It could have more adventure in it, more action. But for any serious musician who wants a little something to read this is your book.
This book was not all what it seemed like it was going to be. The only reason i'm giving it three stars is because I liked the way the author described playing the piano and how she struggled being her own person with music insteed of making her mother reflect back to her dead brother who also played the piano. When you find out Her's BIG secret you think okay......................The author needs to make the secret a little more...better than what it came out to be.