Changing Tunesby Donna Jo Napoli, Donna Jo Napoli (Illustrator)
EileenÆs father has moved out. And he has taken the pianoùwhich Eileen had always thought of as the family piano. To Eileen, a gifted musician, the loss of both is tremendous. Suddenly, EileenÆs life has changed, even though none of this was of her making or in her control. To continue with her music, she has to practice on an ancient beat-up instrument in the school auditorium. And she comes home to an empty house because her mother has had to take a job. Locked into herself by anger, shame, and betrayal, she isnÆt able to tell anyone about her feelings. How Eileen begins the hard job of reconciling with the reality of her new life makes a touching and involving novel. Donna Jo Napoli has created a character that young readers can identify and sympathize with as she begins to change the tunes that together compose her life.
Meet the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for children and young adults includingThe Magic Circle, Zel, and Stones in Water. She has won numerous awards, including the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award for Stones in Water. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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The Changing Tunes was a very good book. I enjoyed reading this book about a young girl dealing with her parents getting a divorce and the changes that she has to go through to accept what is going on in her family.Eileen, the main person in the book has to grow up and learn how to accept the changes going on in her life.