Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalben

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Allegra Katz has been playing piano since she was four. But these aren't just any piano lessons. She studies at the Julliard School in New York, where careers are being formed—or not.

Between strict practice schedules, music classes, and regular school, Ally doesn't have time for much else. Sometimes she wishes she could break free, but she's never known any other way. Her parents—a professional violinist and a singer—would kill her if they knew she was thinking about quitting piano, especially her mother.

So she keeps on going, but as the months go by, she begins to ask herself, does she even love the piano? Why does she play? And how much longer can she stand the pressure before she breaks?


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About Jane Breskin Zalben

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Jane Breskin Zalben wrote and illustrated Let There Be Light, which Booklist named a Top Ten Religion Book of the Year.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 338 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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She lives in a world full of people under pressure: Her parents are professional musicians, everyone in her private school is “gifted” and, at Juilliard, she sees students much younger with burgeoning professional careers.

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Divided by the seasons of the year, like Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, this coming-of-age novel traces a year in the life of a promising young pianist enrolled in a prestigious program at Juilliard.

Dec 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Four Seasons

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Four Seasons is a very good book if you are interested in music or if you just want a good book to curl up and read with.

Apr 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Four Seasons

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