Playing Dad's Song by D. Dina Friedman

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Gus Moskowitz knows that sixth graders are too old to curl up under a quilt, but that’s the only place he can hide from the school bully, his nagging older sister, and, worst of all, his father’s death. It’s been two years since Gus’s father was killed in the World Trade Center, and Gus can’t figure out how to move on. His mother thinks he needs to do something – anything – so she rents him an oboe and signs him up for lessons with her boss’s elderly father, Mr. M. As Gus’s friendship with Mr. M. develops, so does his passion for classical music, and soon he decides to compose a song of his own, a tribute to his father. But even if Gus can find a way to wrap up his father’s life in a single song, will he ever find the courage to play it?
In turns playful and poignant, Playing Dad’s Song personalizes the losses at the World Trade Center in New York City by focusing on one child’s struggle with the tragedy.

About D. Dina Friedman

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D. Dina Friedman teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts. She has published a number of short stories, poems, articles, and plays in literary journals, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This is her first bookfor a younger audience. Ms. Friedman lives in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Published September 5, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their friendship and Gus’s deepening interest in classical music encourages Gus to try his hand at composing.

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