Second Fiddle by Siobhan Parkinson
Or How to Tell a Blackbird from a Sausage

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Aspiring writer Mags Clarke has just moved with her mother to a new area after the death of her father. Because her feet are usually firmly planted on the ground, Mags is cautious about befriending Gillian, whom she enchantingly finds playing the violin high up in the trees near her house. But the two get acquainted and embark on Project Manhunt: a plan to find Gillian's absent father, the only one who can send Gillian to an audition for a prestigious music school. Their strategies differ, making the road to true friendship a bumpy one. Second Fiddle is a thoughtfully crafted portrait of family and an unlikely friendship forged around a noble goal.

About Siobhan Parkinson

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Siobhan Parkinson is the author of 11 previous novels, including Something Invisible, published by Roaring Brook Press, and Sisters...No Way!, winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award, Ireland's prestigious award for children's literature. She lives in Dublin with her husband and son.
Published July 7, 2005 by Puffin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Irish narrator Mags has moved to a new town after her father’s death.

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Occasionally, she even interrupts Gillian's account to correct impressions, giving some of Gillian's chapters a dizzying, almost schizophrenic presentation.

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Mags comes across a girl playing a violin in the woods one day - a girl with remarkable musical talent.

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