Maddie's parents never let her do what she wants. One day she wanted to listen to her music, but her parents had opera screeching through the house full-blast. She figures that if she gets a walkman she can listen to what she wants, when she wants to--but walkmans cost a lot of money.
She has a little money, but not enough. Her brother Alexander has plenty of money, so she thinks she might "borrow" some without telling him. When a gang of tough guys threatens her at her family yard sale, however, she learns a lesson about what this sort of borrowing really means. At the same time, she learns how important her family really is to her.
Maddie Wants Music is a story that shows how what we think we want can lead us to what we really need.
Louise Leblanc's prose style is vigorous and humorous. The text appears in large typeface with plenty of italics and uppercase letters for emphasis. Black-and-white illustrations are provided by the award-winning children's book illustrator, Marie-Louise Gay. Recommended.
"The narrative is finely constructed, engaging and easy to follow."
"Just right for young readers."
"A very satisfying transition for newly independent readers moving from picture to chapter books!"
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