What a Song Can Do
12 Riffs on the Power of Music
By Jennifer Armstrong
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375824999, 208pp.)
Publication Date: June 8, 2004
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This compelling collection of stories explores the powerful impact that music has in our lives—especially in the lives of teens. Each story strikes a new note: Ron Koertge introduces us to the boys in the band—the marching band; Joseph Bruchac contributes a Native American boy with no rhythm whatsoever; Jennifer Armstrong writes about what was perhaps the first battle of the bands—during the American Civl War; and David Levithan offers up a love song that speaks powerfully to an unintended audience. But while each story is different, they combine into a harmonic song of praise—for the depths music can reach in us, and the power it has to bind us together.
Jennifer Armstrong is the author of many award-winning books for young readers. She plays the piano (moderately well) every day. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.