Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 5.3
5 our of 5 stars!!! (I would give 10 if I could :))
What if you were a young boy living in Germany during the 1930’s when Hitler began ruling? You have a facial birthmark that keeps you from going to school so you begin working in the harmonica factory with your father. Your dream is to one day be an orchestra conductor but then Hitler comes to Germany and turns your world and your family upside down. Your only comfort is a harmonica with the letter M on it, but you must give it up in order to escape.
What if you were an 11-year-old boy with a 7-year-old brother living in an orphanage in Pennsylvania 1935. It was your responsibility to make sure your brother was protected and that the two of you stay together. Your grandmother taught you to play the piano before she died, and being musically inclined is what helped you get adopted by a rich lady. The problem is, she wanted a little girl and she got two older boys. Does she want to keep you? Your only hope for your brother is to buy a harmonica and try to join the famous harmonica orchestra. Your harmonica has the letter M on it and makes very special music. Will it be enough to save you and your brother?
What if you were a 5th grade girl living in Southern California in 1942, a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor? Times are very hard and your underprivileged school has a box of harmonicas donated. The one you choose happens to have the letter M on it. You carry it with you everywhere in your brother’s jacket that he gave you while he was away fighting in the war. Your family is forced to move and the harmonica is your safety net. Your father thinks music is frivolous, but will it save your life?
These three lives all intertwine after a boy mysteriously meets three sisters in the woods after they have had a curse placed on them. They give the boy a harmonica that will change many lives across many years.
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