Friday, April 22, 2011

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry

When leaving their music teacher's home, three young teenagers witness a brutal beating and the attempted murder of Russian soldier.  They rescue him from the river, give him CPR, and hide him in the bushes.  But that doesn't end the danger...

Random House Children's Book for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  The book was published in March and is currently available for purchase at your local bookstore.  It is written for ages 8-12.

This story is set in the time period just after the Berlin Wall came down.  Jody and her friends are all military brats and they have become firm friends even though there are racial and wealth differences.  Their musical skills hold them close in friendship.  When they decide they must help this Russian soldier escape, they step into more trouble than they could ever imagine.

Their teacher is sick and can't make the trip, so they go on the planned music performance with the soldier in tow without letting their parents know of the switch.

The author shows a good knowledge of military family life as well as young adult females.  The girls are smart, wily, and willing to take a risk.  

I enjoyed this read.  It's a good story with history interwoven. Why not get a copy for your young adult?

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