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Sent unwillingly to school and thrust into a string quartet, crippled Irish cellist Lucy Straughan must choose between isolation and friendship in a foreign land.

Gentle Della Sotheby is encouraging. But will hot-headed Pim Connolly and precocious Phoebe Raye accept the awkward, math-loving Lucy?

What can Lucy offer? And how will she overcome her shynessand stage fright?

Moreover, can each girl face her family’s troubles?


“I can’t remember when I’ve been as touched by a book as I was by Annette Young’s meticulously researched and beautifully written coming-of-age novel. The story is set in Australia in the 1920’s, when there is not a person alive whose world has not been somehow rocked (and more often than not, shattered) by the horrors of WWI. While this historical novel would make an excellent choice for young adult readers, it also held this not-so-young reader captive, I can tell you that! Over the course of a few days, I had trouble putting it down. Young has created a world to get lost in here, populated by a large cast of exceedingly well-developed and utterly endearing characters.”


“This novel was elegantly written, and drew me not only into the Sydney of the 20s, but also into the troubled Ireland that Lucy and her father left behind. Lucy is a Catholic, and her struggle with her faith is an integral part of the story, but the religious themes are woven intelligently and seamlessly into the narrative. Lucy’s strong Irish voice is by turns funny, acidic, and moving, but even the minor characters are distinctive and memorable. And music flows through this novel — the author clearly knows her theory, and her passion for the literature for string quartets informs some of the best and most affecting scenes in the book.”


Author Note: This book was the featured summer read by Sonlight Curriculum. A sequel trilogy is launching in March 2019 with Volume One called By Violence Unavenged