Fiddle Fever (Hardcover)

By Sharon Arms Doucet

Clarion Books, 9780618043248, 176pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2000



Although it is 1914 and the world is changing all around him, Felix LeBlanc feels trapped on his Louisiana farmhouse, where nothing ever happens. When he hears his uncle, Nonc Adolphe, play the fiddle for the first time, he knows there's music in his blood, and he's determined to be a musician, too. However, he's too poor to buy his own fiddle, and to make matters worse, Maman has forbidden him to even touch one, fearing that he ll choose the wayward life of a fiddler. And so Felix begins to build his own fiddle out of a crude cigar box and a piece of cypress wood, keeping it a secret from his family and even his best friend, Chance. It is a solitary journey that will require all of his ingenuityand place at risk the relationships that are dearest to him.
Set against the colorful backdrop of the Cajun bayous, Fiddle Fever relays an important message about the universal need for self-expression and the compromises we must all make in our search for individuality. Glossary of French terms.

Praise For Fiddle Fever

"the langniappe for this [Creole] atmosphere is Doucet's easy use of similes, which stick to the native dialect like gravy on rice." Horn Book

"A book not to be missed." School Library Journal, Starred

"to be enjoyed by those who would follow their own passion no matter what the context" Kirkus Reviews