Hi everyone, welcome to my first post for this new month. In this read I’ll be asking you to delve into the not-so-distant past and travel to a region of this world that I would like to travel to someday: Canada. I had read this title a few years ago but the message it gave out still remains in my heart. Check out the post below if this interests you…
Title: The power of harmony
Author: Jan L. Coates
Genre: Fiction – Historical
Publication details: Red Deer Press; Ontario; 2013
ISBN: 9780889954953 (Paperback)
What this book is about: Jennifer’s dream is to become a famous singer – except she’s terrified of singing in public. Ever since her best friend moved Jenn is now the target of the bullies in her school. When a native girl, Melody, starts school there, her bullies start pestering Melody instead. Despite what others around her say about the natives, Jenn discovers that Melody is not that different to her. Set during the late 1960’s in Springhill, Nova Scotia, this story of bullying, faith, and friendship, perfectly captures the time and place as young Jennifer struggles to find her voice and ultimately discovers the power of harmony.
My review: A brilliantly written book!! I found some excellent description in setting the scene for us during the 1960’s in this read. I have never been to Nova Scotia but this book, despite being set in a different time, piqued an interest in me. The characters of Jenn and Melody are quite distinct, they both enjoy books and reading as well as music. I found myself drawn into their world and hooked from chapter to chapter. For me, I guess the prevalent theme is one of acceptance in this book. Despite all they go through, Jenn and Melody’s friendship overcame it all through the power of music and friendship. A good read!!
My rating: 4 ⭐
Additional notes: This book was nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature in 2014.