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Children's LiteratureJennifer has a great love in her life, which is music. She dreams of becoming a concert pianist, a great concert pianist. Then she meets someone who distracts her from this dream for a short while. On her way home from a piano lesson, Jennifer finds a stray cat. With much coaxing Jennifer gets the cat, whom she calls Amadeus, to follow her home. With much reluctance Amadeus becomes Jennifer's pet. He just isn't the cuddly affectionate type, which is rather a disappointment for Jennifer, who longs to have a pet in the real sense of the word. Eventually Jennifer gives up and gets down to practicing for a contest in which she is playing. When she is playing at the piano, Amadeus starts to warm to her and Jennifer discovers how to communicate with her grumpy and standoffish cat. Beautifully told and well paced, this is a story that reminds us that there are more ways than one to connect with others, and that the bond between a child and an animal can grow to become something very special and very powerful. The simple and unaffected illustrations lend intensity to the story and give it an added quality of truth and beauty. 2001, Holiday House, Ages 7 to 9.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber