Second Fiddle

Rosanne Parry, Author
Rosanne Parry, Random, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-375-86196-3
Paperback - 232 pages - 978-0-375-86166-6
Library Binding - 240 pages - 978-0-375-96196-0
Open Ebook - 124 pages - 978-0-375-89350-6
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-11884-3
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-74763-1
Compact Disc - 978-0-307-74760-0
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Set in 1990, just after the Berlin Wall has fallen, Parry's insightful coming-of-age novel follows the tumultuous journey of three eighth-grade friends who live on an army base in Berlin. Jody, a violinist and classical composer, is dreading leaving her two best friends when her father retires from the army, and she will again be forced to uproot her life to move to Texas. Along with commanding Giselle and brainy Vivian, Jody plans to enter a solo and ensemble contest in Paris as a string trio; their planned performance is thwarted when their teacher falls ill, but when they witness the attempted murder of Arvo, a Soviet soldier and translator, they rescue him and plot to secret him to Paris. The trip doesn't go as planned, and the friends wind up on a wild goose chase with international ramifications. The action may take place in the '90s, but this reads like first-class historical fiction; Parry (Heart of a Shepherd) vividly conjures the political tensions of the period, the challenges of life as an army brat, and the redemptive power of music. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
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