Hold On to Your Music (Paperback)

The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane

By Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen, Emil Sher (Adapted by), Sonia Possentini (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316463089, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

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Hardcover (1/12/2021)

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An inspiring true story about one girl's escape from the Holocaust to become a concert pianist against all odds, made popular by musician Mona Golabek's highly acclaimed theatrical performance and the beloved novel The Children of Willesden Lane--now available for the youngest of audiences in illustrated form.

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A true story of courage, survival, and determination, this compelling tribute to a gifted young girl has already touched the lives of many around the world. Originally published in 2017 for older readers, The Children of Willesden Lane has sold hundreds of thousands of copies globally; now this picture book retelling will inspire a new generation.

About the Author

Mona Golabek is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, internationally celebrated concert pianist, star of the one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, and author of The Children of Willesden Lane. She has traveled the globe sharing her mother's inspirational message. This story will soon be a major motion picture.

Lee Cohen is a journalist, screenwriter, and poet.

Emil Sher is an author and playwright living in Toronto.

Sonia Possentini is a fine artist and illustrator living in Modena, Italy.