The Musician's Daughter

The Musician's Daughter

by Susanne Dunlap
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The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap

Amid the glitter and glamour of musical and court life in 18th century Vienna, fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria Shurman is trying to solve a brutal mystery. Who killed her father, an acclaimed violinist, and stole his valuable Amati violin? When Haydn himself offers her a position as his assistant, it gives Theresa access to life in the palace-and to a world of deceit. Theresa uncovers blackmail and extortion even as she discovers courage and honor in unexpected places: from a Gypsy camp on the banks of the Danube, to the rarefied life of the imperial family. And she feels the stirrings of a first, tentative love for someone who is as deeply involved in the mystery as she is.

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ISBN-13: 9781599904528
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 277,018
Product dimensions: 4.98(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susanne Dunlap graduated from Smith College and later earned a PhD in music hiatory from Yale University. She has taught music history at the college level, and is the author of two historical novels for adults. This is her first novel for young readers.

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The Musician's Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Christmas Eve is supposed to be a happy time, but Theresa will remember it as the night her father was murdered and his violin stolen. A musician in her own right, Theresa is drawn into her father's world and is determined to discover the truth about his death. Her search uncovers secrets about her father and the musician's world; secrets that lead her into dangerous circles. She isn't sure who she can trust as her investigation brings her into the complex but glamorous court of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy. Dunlap weaves historical figures like Franz Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and others into this fictional tale with ease. Her prose sang me into eighteenth-century Vienna and into Theresa's life with a musical journey I'll never forget. THE MUSICIAN'S DAUGHTER strikes a chord in the reader's heart and holds it to the end.
Emeralsha More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It first caught my eye, because I also play the violin. The details and thrilling experiences that the main character goes through, are amazing and intriguing. I recommend this book to people who love a good read, play an instrument, want to be at the edge of their seats, and like a little mystery and romance. Great book!! I also recommend the series that starts with "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray.
Enchanted_Follower More than 1 year ago
If history is one of your passions, then this book is a must-read. The novel portrays the racial tension that constantly plagued the country of Austria and Hungary. The heroine of the story at first, falls into the stereotypical racism against her later-to-be gypsy friends, being scared and scorning them. Yet as her mission gradually exposes her to the world, she realizes that different skin tones do not mean anything. She learns that it is the color of one's heart that differentiates a "good" person from a "bad" person. Like all of us, maturing children, the heroine goes through stages in the novel that forces her to open her eyes and sort out her priorities. One particular aspect of the novel that I truly enjoyed reading was the unbreakable bond of family. The heroine epitomizes the ideal sister who would do anything for her mother and brother; a trait that is diminishing in today's society. The only factor I didn't like was the fact that at times, the heroine degraded herself, saving that she couldn't do anything in the predicament. Utter cow dung, if you ask me. Even if the sky falls down, there is always a way out, one just has to keep his or her eyes open for it. Also, I would have loved it if Dunlap allowed more romance among her characters but again, that's just me. I highly recommend giving this book I try.
Book_Girl14 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! I loved it! It had a great plot and kept you at the end of your seat! I didn't want it to end! I will read this many more times!
SusanODoherty More than 1 year ago
In The Musician's Daughter, Susanne Dunlap executes several difficult feats with grace and sophistication. She tells an intricate, thrilling story in language young readers can understand and follow; she portrays a strong, independent young woman who does not seem at all anachronistic in this time period; and she confronts issues of gender and social class without sounding preachy. This book is a great read, and the ending made me cry.

My fourteen-year-old son, who doesn't usually like "girl stuff," was entranced, as well.
StephanieCowell More than 1 year ago
Thrilling adventure is combined with the world of classical music in the time of Mozart and Haydn in this fast-paced novel of a girl in eighteenth-century Vienna in search of her father¿s murderer. She has only several days to find a secret inside a missing violin which holds the fate of a tribe of gypsies, kidnapped children, and the young man she likes. Ranging from palatial balls to a dramatic escape in the middle of the night through a sewer, The Musician¿s Daughter is the story of a feisty young heroine who loves music and will risk her life to find justice and protect those she loves.

Stephanie Cowell (author of the novel "Marrying Mozart")
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It sounds good and dont be hating youre just not this kinda soft hearted person to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good book i recommend it to musicians like myself and mystery lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bough this book and im in love with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall my favorite book! The history is true and unbeliveable writen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written! Enjoyed ireadong it. Great mixes of everythxing a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read if you like mystery and music tied in one. I personally thought that this book was incredibly detailed. This has been so far my favorite book of all time.
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