Operatic

Operatic

Book - 2019
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"About to graduate from middle school, Charlie is preoccupied with a crush, Emile, and the absence of Luka, a boy in her class, who has not come to school in days. In Mr. P's music class, she hears the songs of opera singer Maria Callas and falls in love with opera. Maria's story helps Charlie navigate her own world."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781554989720
1554989728
Branch Call Number: J/ GN MACLEAR
Characteristics: 160 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Eggenschwiler, Byron

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Format(s): Book. Middle school is almost over, and all Charlie can think about is her crush, Emile, and her missing friend, Luka. But she has an assignment to find the perfect song, a song that speaks to her. Charlie discovers Maria Callas, and surprisingly, opera is now her world, too.

Format(s): Kindle / OverDrive Read. Middle school is almost over, and all Charlie can think about is her crush, Emile, and her missing friend, Luka. But she has an assignment to find the perfect song, a song that speaks to her. Charlie discovers Maria Callas, and surprisingly, opera is now her w... Read More »


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JCLChrisK Apr 10, 2020

A wonderful little slice of life about the social and identity insecurities of middle school.

vm510 Jul 29, 2019

I found this story a bit hard to follow with the multiple threads. I found it hard to follow the characters, too. I liked the art quite a bit. I also thought it skewed a bit older (late middle school/early high school).

ArapahoeKati Jul 11, 2019

A moving tale about friendship, finding yourself and the power of music. Really enjoyed how the three stories, each told in their own color palette, were woven together.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 20, 2019

Striking illustrations. Cool premise. Touching story. There was a bit too much inference needed for me to feel fully connected, though.

Tigard_HollyCP May 13, 2019

Eighth-grader Charlotte Noguchi loves Music class with Mr. Kerner. He doesn’t talk down to his students, and he wants everyone to have as much passion for music as he does. In fact, he’s sure that there is a perfect song for everyone in the universe. So that’s his assignment: Find YOUR perfect song. When she hears opera for the first time, she knows she has found her song. And she just has to learn more about the woman behind that voice. It turns out the voice belongs to Maria Callas, an opera singer who everyone either loved or hated, no in between. In the meantime, throughout the book, you learn about an empty desk that belonged to a kid named Luka, who is no longer at the school. There are three different palates used for the three different story lines in the book: yellow for Charlotte, red for Maria Callas, and blue for Luka. And sometimes you can find colors from each palate together on a page in which the author and illustrator seamlessly weave the stories together. Highly recommend for middle schoolers and upper elementary.

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OPL_KrisC Apr 27, 2019

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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