Where Words Fail, Music Speaks: Books about the Power of Music
Annotation:Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits who bond over music -- they're smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Annotation:In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
Annotation:Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
Annotation:Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
Annotation:When popular middle schooler Kacey Simon gets glasses and braces and is rejected by her crowd, she befriends a boy who is in a punk rock band and discovers some things about friendship, relationships, and herself.
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There is a truth in the healing power of music, in life and in fiction. Authors find inspiration in music and drama in discovering who characters are and what they want. From finding their place in the world, finding out who they are, discovering what they want and falling in love. If they're lost and alone, desperate to find where they belong music is that place, that healing force to guides them back to themselves. "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." -- Maya Angelou