Playing Dad's Song

Playing Dad's Song

By D. Dina Friedman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374371739, 144pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2006


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 the Author

D. DINA FRIEDMAN teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Praise For Playing Dad's Song

"This story is a satisfying look at the emotions and coping mechanisms of a young boy struggling with an enormous, unexplained loss."  --VOYA "A moving, heartfelt story."  --Kirkus Reviews "Moving.  Brings teh grief and loss of the terrorist attack home to the reader."  --Booklist