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The Maestro

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  290 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Burl Crow runs away from home to escape his brutal father, he heads for the place he knows best ? the wilderness. Craving solitude, he is stunned by the sight of a grand piano dangling from a helicopter, and even more startled to find himself drawn to the sounds that eventually come from it. Tracing the source of the music, Burl finds Nathaniel Orlando Gow, the Maestr ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Groundwood Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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14-year-old Burl Crow has a father who is violent. His mother struggles with mental illness. When he follows his father to his secret fishing spot he learns that his father is having an affair. Burl's cover is blown and his father beats him. As his father strikes blow after blow, a helicopter flies overhead, carrying a piano, distracting them both.
Burl runs into the woods, relying on the skills of survival he learned from his brutal father. He discovers a man in a poorly outfitted cabin, with a
Jinky Spring
Oct 23, 2014 Jinky Spring added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to be bored shitless
Literally zero fucking stars! I had such high expectations for this book as I thought it would be like the Wolf Brother series. I had even more high expectations knowing this story was set in Canada.

This is the first book I've given up on since I was little. It takes a lot to make me close a book especially when the blurb was so intriguing. The blurb and title promised a story of survival in the wilderness not all that legal bullshit about who gets to own that stupid Maestro's house.
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It was difficult to make myself finish this book, but I managed to make it to the end. I found it incredibly boring most of the time, though there were at least a few page-turning moments of interest and/or adventure. I would've given it two stars, but I didn't like the feeling I had when I finished it, which was that the moral of the story seemed to be that lying is a means to an end. This is a book aimed at young, coming-of-age readers, and I found it sad that the main character never came to ...more
I loved the combination of survival and human connection in this novel.
Burl is a young boy whose father is an abusive drunk and his mother has medicated herself into sedation. One day Burl runs away into the woods and determines that he wont ever return home. He finds a hidden cabin where "the maestro" lives. The maestro has secluded himself rom the rest of the world so that he can compose his piano music. Burl lives with him in the middle of the woods until the Maestro leaves Burl alone in thi
Daniel Asay
After discovering the secret lake spot where his abusive father meets with an extramarital lover, Burl runs away from home. After a HATCHET-like night surviving in the woods by himself, Burl falls upon the home of NOG (Nathaniel Orlando Gow), an eccentric composer who has a piano air-lifted into his backwoods cabin for solitude. NOG takes a liking to Burl but establishing a healthy relationship is neither person's strong point. A slow rapport develops between them until NOG leaves Burl to watch ...more

This book is a combination of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet and Gary D. Schmidt's Okay For Now--there is wilderness survival in the Canadian wilderness and a complete jerk of a father who doesn't appreciate his son's artistic potential (the way certain school teachers and other supporters do). Burl comes from an abusive household, his passive mother addicted to prescription drugs and his father physically and emotionally abusive (as well as lecherous). After inadvertently catching his fa

The Maestro tells the story of an abused boy, Burl, who runs away from his family. Rather than continually be physically and verbally abused, Burl takes to the woods to try and find a new home for himself. As he travels, he comes across a strange, remote cabin with only a piano as furnishings. At this cabin, a pianist is trying to compose his life's work--his Handel's Messiah. The pianist and Burl try to live together, however the pianist must have peace and solemnity to work. The
Genres/Categories: coming of age story, abusive relationships,

Burl Crow has has a hard life: his father beats him, his mother is emotionally absent, and the only teach who has ever shown any interest in him must stay at the middle school while he goes on to high school. After a run-in with his father, Burl decides to leave this world behind and run away to see what he can make of himself. What he runs into is a world very different from his own--one that gives him hope for the future and his ab

Burl, a boy whose family life is far from ideal or even decent, catches his abusive father in a secret tryst and proceeds to run away. In his flight from home he comes across Ghost Lake and a cabin, whose inhabitant is the world-famous pianist and highly eccentric Nathaniel Gow. The story follows Burl as he becomes attached to Gow's hideaway and then takes steps to secure the place for his own. In his efforts to start a new life, he comes to learn more about himself and the relation
Ashley Chen
Surprisingly a good book. Fast-paced and to the point. Somewhat a Studio Ghibli ending but still good.

I honestly didn't hope for much from this book since the plot was something I look for in a book. I don't like the whole coming-of-age type of books so I was pleasantly surprised that this was a good book.

At the start I had to kind of get used to the novel since it wasn't my cup of tea. But soon I found out that it was very interesting. The plot hooked you in and didn't let go. I desperately wa
Lissa Chandler
When Burl finds his father engaged in adulterous activities in the middle of the woods, he decides to run off, and run off he does. After staying in the forest, Burl eventually comes to the den of the Maestro, where he learns lessons he never would have had he stayed at home. Through his experience, Burl gives himself a larger backbone, making him able to stand up to his father. Though the end of the novel does not fix Burl’s problems, he is still given hope, teaching young adults that not all ...more
Another good YA novel, where the rule found in The blue Helmet stays: put one angst-ridden adiolescent, make him run from his past or his home, let him meet a flaky, excentric but ultimately lovable adult who expands his universe...

Except in The Maestro (recently re-relaeased as The Survival game) the title character is present for about one day and half near the younger one, who will have to fend for himself after.

A good read, especially the part when he plunges in the wild. And when he lives
Using the imagination Wynne-Jones is known for, Tim creates a story about a young boy growing up in an abusive and degrading home. Finally after witnessing something and afraid of his father's anger, he runs away ending up in a remote area deep in the woods. There he finds a cabin with an interesting occupant who helps him in more ways than he could ever imagine. By the end of the book I didn't feel there was enough restitution for the characters, considering the boy was prepared to lie in order ...more
To be honest, this book was hard to get through. I never thought that I would spend weeks reading such a tiny book, but I did. Granted, I was super busy during this time, but I can usually make time for reading if the book is intriguing enough. This book is primarily about a boy coming of age--there isn't much of a plot to it. However, despite the slow-paced movement of a somewhat plotless book, it was still worth reading. Almost any coming-of-age novel is worth reading once, simply because it i ...more
There's a reason Tim Wynne-Jones was recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to Canadian literature, notably as a writer of children’s fiction". This beautifully written novel, with an unexpected storyline, was first published in 1995. I just read an edition of its 17th printing.

I met Tim this past summer at VCFA post-grad writing conference. He's a lovely man, brimming with kindness, but more importantly for our purposes here, is a spot on powerful writer.
lovely story of flying piano's lies and fairy tales :)
I think this book was very heart warming and there was still the sense of adventure I thought the book was great Tim Wynne-Jones has earned my respect and I plan on reading more of his books :) xx
A well-written book with some lovely, creative descriptions; however, the blandness of the plot and characters - excluding the eponymous composer - made for a slowww read.
I couldn't even get through this book. The blasé attitude towards everything just made it really boring even when it was touching on some exciting/serious situations
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Well, that was a pleasant surprise. Who knew Canadian Lit can be this good?

Review to come. I need to gather my thoughts.
had to read for school. it wasn't as bad as i thought it would be though....i didnt have high expectations it seems
I am enjoying this book so far, even through I've only read the prologue
Okay went places but didn't go anywhere...well written though
Remarkable. Important book. Must read.
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Tim Wynne-Jones (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

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Best Juvenile (2001): The Boy in the Burning House
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Best Young
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