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Play to the Angel

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Austria in 1938 is under the shadow of the Nazis, but twelve-year-old Greta doesn't notice-she cares only for her piano lessons with their new neighbor, a teacher with a mysterious past. Herr Hummel believes in Greta, and she begins to prepare for a recital. Then the Nazis invade, and Greta discovers her teacher's secret. His life is in danger, and she may be the only one...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 5th 2002 by Puffin (first published August 31st 2000)
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Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 186 pgs


1938, Vienna, Austria. 12 year old Greta loves playing the piano more than anything else. But since the death of her older brother who was a prodigy at the piano, Greta's mother can't stand anything to do with music and is determined to sell the family's piano. Greta is determined to become a famous pianist and convinces Herr Hummel, her friend's neighbor, to give her lessons. He encourages her and wants her to perform in a recital at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts...more
Karla Burrow
This book is about a girl, Greta, whi has a gift playing the piano. Her older brother was wonderful at it, so she thought she would follow in his footsteps and play the poano as well. One daym while Greta is visiting a friend, she sees that a new naighbor has moved into the apartment downstairs. The man that moved there taught piano and agreed to teach Greta to play. Whenever Greta got scared or nervous about playing the piano, her teacher said to play to his angel orniment. Soon after her lesso...more
Emily
Set in Vienna in the early months of 1938, this is a readable if slightly over-earnest story of a Greta, a 12 year old who wishes to become a pianist against her mother's wishes, and the recently arrived German retired concert pianist (with a mysterious past) who helps her. The plot is somewhat predictable to anyone with an awareness of the period -- Greta's first ever public recital is scheduled for March 12 -- but the book grew on me as I read it. It doesn't transcend the boundaries of middle...more
Dotty
Greta Radky dreams of being a concert pianist, and, as she practices for her first big recital, she tries to ignore the rising Nazi presence. Despite her mother's opposition, Greta secretly takes lessons with a kind music professor,Herr Hummel, who fled Germany after helping Jews escape. He helps her with her music and builds her self-confidence. The suspense of her recital grows, and her performance is a triumph. The same night, however, Hitler takes over in Austria, and the Nazis riot and roun...more
Sena Khateeb
A nicely written story about a girl's dream to become a pianist. I enjoyed it, but I thought the story was going too fast in the first couple of chapters.
Greta is very brave, even if she doesn't realize it at the beginning. She was brave in her choice to take lessons at Herr Hummel, in confronting her mother when the latter said she wouldn't go to her recital, and in saving Herr Hummel's life... That is what I liked about her most.
The girl on the cover seems too big for a 12 year old girl- but p...more
Bronwyn
a young girl in nazi occupied austria longs to be a concert pianist like her late brother, despite her mothers opposition, so unknown to her mother she arranges for her own lessons from a man she does not know is a world famous pianist, who is living under an assumed name to escape from the nazis. then comes her first piano recital and finally risking her life to help her teacher and friend escape the country after the nazis discover his secret
Emma
I loved this story. I am thoroughly interested in non-fiction and fiction stories taking place in World War II. It was thoroughly touching, and tear-welling. I just loved this story.
Stephanie Weeks
I got this book in 4th grade, and still have it on my shelf. A beautiful story, and very historically accurate. My favorite book:)
Drew
One of the first books I've ever bought and read. The story is highly engaging and speaks to readers of all ages.
MadILYnne
This is a really good book, especially if you just want a short read. :)
Cassandra
Aug 09, 2010 Cassandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes historical fiction books!
This is a GREAT book!!! This is a book that whispers, "Read me,read me."
Paige
pretty good, touching story, but nothing to write home about
Clara
A book I adored when I read it in 6th grade.
Red Is
if you hate your life plz pick this book up!!!!
Maggie D.
You either love it or hate it.
Rachel Noffke
Oct 17, 2008 Rachel Noffke rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pianists
This was really sweet.
Kayla
Apr 03, 2008 Kayla added it
ohhh, it was great!
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MAURINE F. DAHLBERG is the author of Escape to West Berlin, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and two other novels for young readers. She lives in Springfield, Virginia.
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