Where in the World by Simon French

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ARI IS AN ORDINARY BOY with an extraordinary gift for and love of music. But since moving with his mother from Germany to Australia he feels adrift-cut off from his familiar world, the people he loves most, even his music.

For Ari, playing the violin was always the key to his memories of people and places and his connection to the world around him. But even the music cannot help him now. How is he to find his footing in this new country, accept his new stepfather, and most difficult of all, leave behind his beloved grandfather?

Ari faces disappointment, confusion, even the death of someone he loves before he realizes that music does have the power to heal him…and might even be the key to his future.

Simon French's emotionally charged story of an adolescent boy trying to find his way in an unfamiliar place will resonate with readers, especially those who may occasionally feel out of step with the world around them.

About Simon French

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Simon French had his first novel published at the age of eighteen. Since then, he has written numerous books for young readers that have earned critical acclaim and awards. French is a teacher, and the characters in his stories often develop from the children he has worked with. He lives in Australia.
Published October 1, 2003 by Peachtree Pub Ltd (J). 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The narrative oscillates between Ari's recollections of traveling throughout Europe with his mother at ages six and eight, and different points in Ari's life in Australia, where Ari gradually learns to share his music with those around him.

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