Second Fiddle

Second Fiddle

Book - 2011
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Six months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, three eighth-grade girls living on an American military base with their families in Berlin try to save a Russian soldier, who has been beaten and left for dead, by smuggling him to Paris, where they are going to perform in a music competition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011
ISBN: 9780375861963
Branch Call Number: J PAR
Characteristics: 233 p

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GPLKids Sep 06, 2011

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall three American girls living with their families on a military base in Germany save the life of a Russian soldier and then travel with him to Paris where they perform in a music competition. Second Fiddle is the story of their friendship, their efforts to be independent of cautious parents and their desire to make music together as a classical trio.
The novel is rich with details of the Paris setting and with information about music instruction and competition. That the girls struggle to solve problems without help from parents or other adults speaks to a universal side of adolescence. While the plot is far-fetched and the solution to problems seems too tidy to be real, this is a good story of friendship,its risk and rewards. Suspense, danger and the three different personalities of the friends combine to make this a gripping story. The author’s earlier book, Heart of a Shepherd, also dealt with a youngster assuming responsibility for work beyond his years.

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Jul 07, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Jul 07, 2014

When 13-year-old Jody and her friends save a badly beaten Russian soldier from drowning, they put into motion a chain of events that will take them from Berlin to Paris and straight into danger. Jody must quickly learn to trust herself, because in the time directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the border between friend and enemy is not as clear as it once was. Award-winning author of Heart of a Shepherd, Rosanne Parry, offers a fast-paced, coming-of-age story filled with adventure, music, friendship, and intrigue.

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