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Children's LiteratureTerrible dangers await those who live on the planet of Harmony. Don't let the name of the planet fool you. There are great dangers that face the inhabitants every day, and a tide that is getting larger and larger and will soon wipe out the entire city where Tyree and his people live. Tyree's friend, Amadeus, teaches him the song "Sweetwater" and the power of music. What a wonderful gift to give someone; however, what is looked upon as a gift to some, fuels the fears of others. Fear begins to take over the people thoughts and Tyree must find a way to save his people from themselves and from the impending disasters. This young boy who is both naive and simple must accept the reality of the dangers of prejudice. He must identify what is really important in his life and find the courage to protect it. Astonishing, lifelike descriptions add believability to the characters and the reader can actually envision himself as part of the city. This science fiction novel will hold the reader's interest from the first to the last page. Both boys and girls will enjoy reading this novel and will want to read more by Laurence Yep. I highly recommend this to be part of any classroom library. It will hook even the most reluctant reader. Words like terrific, wow, and fantastic come to mind when I think of this book! 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 10 up.
— Kathie M. Josephs