Maurine F. Dahlberg Play to the Angel

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Play to the Angel

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Austria in 1938 is under the shadow of the Nazis, but twelve-year-old Greta doesn't notice-she cares only for her piano lessons with their new neighbor, a teacher with a mysterious past. Herr Hummel believes in Greta, and she begins to prepare for a recital. Then the Nazis invade, and Greta discovers her teacher's secret. His life is in danger, and she may be the only one who can help him.

"While the unusual Holocaust setting is well drawn and rings true, this is first and foremost a novel about a girl who pursues a dream and learns to believe in herself." (School Library Journal)

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Maurine F. Dahlberg, an editor for a Navy research institute, studied piano and plays piccolo and flute in a concert band. She lives in Oak Hill, Virginia.

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Grade 5-8-Dahlberg's first novel examines the beginnings of the Holocaust in Vienna through the eyes of a 12-year-old aspiring concert pianist. Greta's father left the family when she was three, and her brother, a promising concert pianist with hemophilia, has recently died. In the shadow of an increasingly dangerous Nazi Germany, Greta lives with her mother, a dress designer working for a Jew. Grieving and worried about finances, the woman ignores her daughter and seems painfully unaware of her musical dreams. Greta is devastated by her mother's plan to sell their piano, until a new neighbor with a mysterious past agrees to give the girl free lessons and convinces her to keep it. When she eventually discovers that her beloved teacher is actually Karl von Engelhart, a renowned pianist who used his fortune to help Jewish artists leave Germany, Greta helps him flee to Prague. Dahlberg re-creates the time and place aptly, touching on the economic climate and recounting the infiltration of Nazism into Austria. Meanwhile, the narrative incorporates the protagonist's worries about not having a best friend and purchasing her first bra, missing her brother, and longing for her mother's attention. While the unusual Holocaust setting is well drawn and rings true, Angel is first and foremost a novel about a girl who pursues a dream and learns to believe in herself.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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