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Emily's Piano

by Charlotte Gingras, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch, translated by Susan Ouriou

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An honest portrayal of a young girl's emotional journey amid family upheavals.

Nine-year-old Emily is trying to cope with her changing world. When her father and mother grow further apart, the family's piano -- Emily's link to the good times that once flooded her home -- is sold. She decides the key to the happiness her family used to share is the piano, and so she must find it.

Believing the instrument is most likely in a part of town where rich people live, Emily sets out on her search. She knocks on many doors without success, but carries on, determined to end the darkness that has descended on her home. Finally a piano teacher gives her a lead. Though the days pass slowly, she eventually receives the anticipated call. "Be there Sunday at 1 p.m. sharp," she's told.

It turns out the piano is now in a convent, where it sits in the middle of a room, like royalty. Sister Isabelle tells Emily she can come by any Sunday, and she can bring her mother too.

The first time Emily's mother sees the piano, she plays, sings, and cries. The darkness in their lives slowly tiptoes away as Emily and her mother rediscover happiness and the healing power music brings.

 

About the Authors

Charlotte Gingras is a former teacher and visual artist, and she remains one of Quebec’s best-loved authors of works for young readers. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award, for La liberté? Connais pas… and Un été de Jade, which also won the Mr. Christie’s Award.

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Charlotte Gingras is a former teacher and visual artist, and she remains one of Quebec’s best-loved authors of works for young readers. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award, for La liberté? Connais pas… and Un été de Jade, which also won the Mr. Christie’s Award.

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Susan Ouriou is an award-winning writer, editor and literary translator with over thirty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. She also recently published Nathan, a novel for young readers. Susan lives in Calgary.

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Contributor Notes

Charlotte Gingras is the award-winning author of nine books for young readers. She lives in Montreal.

Stéphane Jorisch is the illustrator of more than a dozen books for children and a winner of multiple Governor General's Awards. He lives in Montreal.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Reviews

Some may find hope and strength in how one child deals with family upheaval.

— School Library Journal

The first person narrative is powerful and succinct... Readers are caught up in Emily's struggle to help her mother and her family. There is surprising depth to the character development in such a short novel.... The line drawings, which reflect the angst, intensity and joy expressed in the text, add to the reader's experience.

— Canadian Materials, Vol. 12, No. 9

The child's view of adult secrets is powerfully revealed in simple poetic language and sophisticated black-and-white artwork that shows anger and sorrow as well as love.

— Booklist

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Emily’s Piano

Emily’s family is falling apart. Her grandmother has been sent to a nursing home, her father is seeing another woman, her mother is sad because of this and her older twin sisters resent their mother’s inability to “keep her man.” Emily decides that all her family’s problems surfaced on the day they sold their piano and she believes that their happiness lies in the retrieval of this instrument. She finally locates the piano at a convent under the care of Sister Isabelle. Emily and her mother are invited to come as often as they like to see the piano. As soon as Emily brings her mother, their journey towards healing begins.

Charlotte Gingras has created a much needed story for children going through family break-ups. Through Emily, Gingras demonstrates the emotions a child might feel during difficult times, such as anguish and hatred towards their family and themselves. Yet, through a piano, Gingras offers hope and encourages us to never give up. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, Emily’s Piano is a story suitable for children ages eight and up. Through the eyes of a child, it discusses the trials of a family going through tough times without glossing over any details.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

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Emily’s Piano

Emily sets out to save her beloved piano – and the happiness her family once knew. An honest portrayal of a girl’s emotional journey amid upheaval, and the healing power of music.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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