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Duet by Elise Broach

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery

Publishing Date: May 10, 2022


A musically gifted bird, a piano-playing boy, and a real-life mystery involving three artistic geniuses

Welcome to the world of Mirabelle, a young goldfinch who loves to sing and dreams of becoming a musical star. She lives with her family in the backyard of a piano teacher, and she is quickly intrigued by Mr. Starek’s newest pupil. Michael Jin is an eleven-year-old keyboard sensation, but lesson after lesson, he refuses to play. With the prestigious Chopin Festival looming at summer’s end, how will he be ready in time? Mirabelle is responsible for Michael’s breakthrough—to her own astonishment, she sings the Chopin piece he is beginning to play at the piano. It is their first duet.

Thus begins a secret adventure that will take Mirabelle and Michael further than they ever imagined—in music, in friendship, and in solving the mystery of a lost piano that could be worth millions. A house full of treasures holds the clues. There, Mirabelle, Michael, and their friend Emily will make an important discovery that links the great composer Frederic Chopin, the trailblazing author George Sand, and the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix.

A fast-paced, history-rich mystery will have young readers hooked as they root for boy and bird in this beautifully told novel, full of emotion and suspense.

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About the Author:

Elise Broach is the author of more than twenty books for young readers, including board books, picture books, early readers, middle-grade mysteries, and young adult novels. Her picture book, My Pet Wants a Pet, was named Parents Magazine’s Best Picture Book of 2018. Another picture book, When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and was Time Magazine’s #1 Children’s Book of the Year. Her middle-grade novel, Masterpiece, was a New York Times bestseller and also won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Elise’s books have appeared on more than a dozen state reading lists. She lives in Connecticut and teaches creative writing at Yale University.

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Well what can I say about this wonderful book but first off I want to thank you to TBR Tours & Beyond for giving me a spot on the tour and to the Publishers for sending me an E-book Arc.

Our main character is actually a Goldfinch called Mirabelle and the whole story is told through her eyes. I thought it was a clever idea and wanted to see how the story would pan out.

I also found the book very educational and found the classical music of Chopin running through the book as a nice touch and I even searched the internet as I really was not au fait this kind of music and I actually enjoyed what I listened to.

I can't believe that one little book could have so many different facets which come together to make in my view a memorable story and so there was no doubt in my mind that it deserved 4 stars. I am very interested to see what Elise does next.

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