Sylvie and the Songman by Tim Binding

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A compelling story full of magic and music.

Sylvie Bartram lives alone with Mr. Jackson the dog and her eccentric composer father, who invents strange and wonderful musical instruments. One day she returns from school to find a message left in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror: her father has been kidnapped. Later that night, the house is visited by a terrifying apparition—a half-man, half-creature who is searching for something and will not rest until he has found it. . . .

Sylvie uncovers an underground world of magic and evil, and with help from her friends, she must hold off a power that threatens the lives of all beings in the world. The Songman is at large, and is determined to steal music and use it for his own evil ends. . . .

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About Tim Binding

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Tim Binding is a former editor at Penguin Books in London. He is a part-time commissioning editor at London publishers Simon & Schuster, and has had four highly praised adult novels published. This is his first book for children. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom.
Published July 23, 2009 by David Fickling Books. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Practicing for a concert of his invented instruments, dad and Sylvie strike converging musical notes that seem literally to explode, flinging Sylvie into the garden.

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Here, Sylvie is slowly getting used to being in a motherless household (she drowned an unspecified time ago), and one particular evening when father does not return is at the beginning of all that follows here.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Eventually captured, Sylvie and George are brought to a mysterious lighthouse island and meet the Songman, who wants Sylvie to reveal the secret of her father’s musical discovery.

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