The Harmonica by Tony Johnston

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When the Nazis invaded Poland, a family is split apart. The parents are sent to one concentration camp, their son to another. Only his father's gift, a harmonica, keeps the boy's hopes alive and, miraculously, ensures his survival.

Tony Johnston's powerful story, inspired by the life of a Holocaust survivor, is enhanced by Ron Mazellan's luminous artwork.

A testament to the human spirit and the transcendent power of music.

About Tony Johnston

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Tony Johnston is the author of over 100 books for children, including THE CAT WITH SEVEN NAMES and THE BARN OWLS. She lives in California.
Published February 1, 2004 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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In a painful twist, an officer discovers his musical gift: “ ‘Play, Jew!’ The commandant spat, night after night.” Tormented, the boy plays Schubert, wrestling with the question of how the beautiful music can both invoke his loving parents and also bring rapture to a murderous Nazi officer.

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