The Maestro Paperback – Dec 16 2004
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Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature and the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children, Tim Wynne-Jones's The Maestro is an unforgettably stunning novel about one boy's discovery of just who he really is. Fourteen-year-old Burl Crow is hiding from his father when he see the most extraordinary sight that he has ever seen--a helicopter flying a grand piano over the northern Ontario forests where he lives. Running away from home, Burl accidentally discovers the isolated lakeside retreat that eccentric pianist Nathaniel Gow, the maestro of the title, has had built for himself, where he can finish his oratorio away from the demands of the musical world. Their chance encounter leaves Burl with a refuge from his abusive father--when the maestro returns to Toronto, he leaves Burl to look after the cabin and his grand piano. Burl's dreams of a secure future crumble when he discovers that Gow has died in Toronto, but he decides that he's going to try to use his encounter with the maestro to escape from his father once and for all. The Maestro is a compelling and powerful novel by one of Canada's finest writers for young people. Readers who enjoy The Maestro might also enjoy Wynne-Jones's Stephen Fair and The Boy in the Burning House. (Ages 12 and older) --Jeffrey Canton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The wilderness of northwest Ontario is a fitting setting for this tantalizing coming-of-age story about an abused boy, Burl, whose pervasive sense of isolation is cracked by an encounter with a famous pianist. When Burl runs away from home, he follows the sound of piano music and finds its source in an unlikely, pyramid-like cabin. There, the Maestro, as Burl is instructed to call him, having fled busy Toronto and the demands of his public, is trying to finish writing his great oratorio before he dies. When the quirky Maestro leaves Burl in charge of the cabin and his grand piano, Burl thinks he's found a haven-but it's not long before events hurl the teen into a web of other people's plans and back to his own family trauma. Wynne-Jones's (Some of the Kinder Planets) builds strong, multidimensional characters; Burl's father Cal both teaches his son about fishing lures and punches him in the face; Burl triumphantly dreams of living alone but is desolate that his parents never bothered to report him missing; the Maestro loves nature but fears wildlife. Complex and poignant, wrapped around a dramatic story line, this book won Canada's Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 1995. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tim Wynne-Jones understands more about childhood and relationships than a lot of writers. Don't expect the usual out of this book. There is action and drama, but it is also a subtle book in many ways.