Author(s): Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Publisher: Penguin Group, Inc.
Release Date: February 2nd 2012
Genre: Picture Book/Mystery/Romance/Fiction
Reading Level: Easy
Target Age: 12+
Grade Levels: 7-12
Description of Novel
This novel is fantastic! From the moment the girl pointed it out at Chapters I was drawn to it. As soon as I opened the novel and saw the first few pages I had to view/read the rest of it to see what happens. I found it amazing that, as I was looking at the pictures and reading the minimal amounts of words on the pages, I was making up the story in my head. When the girl first described it I was kind of wondering how in the world it would be considered a novel, but I soon learned the value of this novel. The learning opportunities that this book has in it are amazing. Even though there are not a lot of words in the book anyone who is looking at it can’t help but form a story in their heads to accompany the pictures, and that opens up all kinds of doors for creativity and creative thinking in the classroom. The beauty of this book is also that everyone who comes across the book will see something different. Even after looking at it a second time I discovered new things and came out at the end with a completely different conclusion then I had the first time. Not only is this a picture book, but you can also download an app to your Ipad or Iphone and experience the book in an interactive format. In the interactive app the story is told via pictures, notes, letters, music, instant messaging, and videos. How valuable it that?!
Without giving too much away, the book is about a young girl, Gloria (Glory), who is a piano prodigy. Her mother died in a motorcycle accident, and she lives with her father, who also happens to be her music teacher. After her mother died Glory became introverted until Frank, an artist, moves in next door. She becomes fascinated with him, and as a result begins to loss her musical abilities, except for one song “Chopsticks”. In the beginning of the novel the reader is informed that Glory has disappeared, and then it takes you back eighteen months and then takes the reader through Glories life and relationship with Frank. As the story progresses Glory’s father tries to separate her from Frank, and forces her to go on tour, which eventually ends up in Glory losing all her wits and only being able to play “Chopsticks”, which is hers and Franks favorite song. As Glory and Frank’s relationship intensifies so does Glory’s issues, and the lines between real and imagined begin to blur. The novel has me feeling like an investigator, and I was constantly making up predictions of what happened to Glory. As you can tell I am really excited about this book, and that I really enjoyed it!
Mildly Mature/Suggestive Themes
Mild Sexual Content/Nudity
Core Content/Bookshelf – This book is amazing! It is interactive and more than suitable to use in the classroom for core curriculum. The discussions that this book would prompt are endless. Because the book consists of mostly pictures with very minimal amounts of words it would stimulate loads of creative thinking in students. What a great book to do in a short period of time to introduce students to reading at the first of the year and a teacher could even get their students to do a collaborative creative writing project where the class writes the words to the novel! Awesome novel…Just awesome!
I haven’t come across any other books like this one, but I hope that more like it come out.