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Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney

The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney.

The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 2011
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385739665

Review: Four kids. A list of songs. And the history of one student which brings them all together. In The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney, it all starts when Doria Bell moves to South Carolina, shy, and unlike the outgoing people at her new school. She instantly develops a crush on Kelvin Hartley, who everyone knows and likes. Two of Kelvin's old friends were Cliff Greene and Lutie Painter. Opposite of Cliff, Lutie attempts to find out more about her mother, with a horrifying thought recurring in the back of her mind. Only one thing can comfort her-her lost songs.

When the professor who was searching for the 'lost songs' found the family name "Painter", he contacted Lutie's chorus director. Lutie refused to share the songs that ran in her family for decades. In despair, the chorus director went to Doria to try to weasel information, and the songs, out of Lutie. Now Doria wants to know, what are these songs? When a life ends, Lutie, Kelvin, Doria, and Cliff find themselves together with everyone's lives changing for the better.

This book was very meaningful because it was about the light and dark side of music and life. It showed how some family influences are not good, and that following in that path won't do you any good. But on a lighter note, music lovers would highly appreciate this book. The reference of two different kinds of loves for music is evident- one that is powered completely by passion, and one that is perfectionism. Whether you like singing, piano, or any kind of music form, you have to give The Lost Songs a chance. It's very beautifully written by a very talented author (Caroline B. Cooney), and I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Review written by Sahaj (7th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Lost Songs for this review.

Have you read The Lost Songs? How would you rate it?

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