Jewish Values: Playing Dad's Song

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144 p.
Gus mourns for his father, who has been killed in the attack on the World Trade Centers. He’s an insecure, rather lonely boy, who spends a lot of his free time with a blanket over his head, remembering Dad and wishing he would come back. Several events mark a turning point for Gus. Through music lessons, a school assignment on the composer and violinist, Nicolo Paganini, and his sister's encouragement to try out for a part in the school play, Gus's confidence begins to build and he finds he can honor his father's memory best when engaged with the world. The author develops Gus’s character with disarming honesty, melding it with an absorbing plot and a theme that exalts the healing powers of creativity and imagination. The slight Jewish content is an integral part of the story and sensitive readers will cheer for Gus’s quiet achievements.
0-374-37173-3; 978-0-374-37173-9
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