The Maestro

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Groundwood Books Ltd, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 223 pages
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A Grand piano dangling from a helicopter over the desolate wilderness:to Burl Crow, on the run from his father, it offers a glimps of something rich and strange, a sign of a world beyond his own.

Burl finds himself following the piano's trajectory until, cold, wet and starving, he emerges from the bush onto an isolated lake to hear music -- piano music, unlike any he's ever heard.

It's here he meets Nathaniel Orlando Gow, the Maestro, standing on the deck of a remote cabin, conducting as if he were surrounded by an orchestra rather than a forest and lake. In just one day his eccentric genius changes Burl's life forever -- opening him up to a world her never imagined, one he will fight to keep, even if it means telling the biggest lie of his life.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With a brutal, despicable father who beats him and an ineffectual mother incapacitated by drugs, Burl, 14, has learned not to expect anything good from life. After a crisis, he runs away into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - stornelli - LibraryThing

Running away from his abusive father and drug addict mother, 14 year old Burl finds a remote cabin inhabited by an eccentric genius. In one day, Nathaniel Orlando Gow changes Burl’s life forever. In ... Read full review

Selected pages


Prologue Suckers Run
Part One
Part Two
17 Skookum Airways
18 The Love Child
19 The Plan
20 The Nobody
21 Koschei the Deathless
25 The Quest
26 Back to Pharaoh
27 A Windowless Night
28 No Strings
29 The Secret Drawer
30 The First Trumpet
31 New Shoes
32 From Out of the Ruin

22 A Night in the Shadow
23 Reggie Corngold
24 The Score
33 Japheth Starlight

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About the author (2004)

Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of two dozen books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, four-time winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as the recipient of many other prizes and honours, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Edgar Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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