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Harmony McLean has been different from the moment she was discovered. When a falling star struck his chicken coop, Felix McGillicuddy never expected to find a baby girl miraculously left behind. He names her after the harmony of spheres in honor of her celestial arrival, and his wife, Nettie Mae McLean, gives Harmony her strong Irish surname to keep her grounded.

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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Just OK for me. The writing was fine and the concept based on a Cherokee creation story was interesting. However, having lived close to the mountains where this book was set, I was distracted by errors. Maybe I'm being petty, but county fairs are held in the fall to celebrate the harvest, not the spring. Residents of East Tennessee would look to Knoxville for a big city university, not Raleigh,NC. And the way the family lived seemed more 1940s than the era of music CDs--which are mentioned in th ...more
Torrey Goelz
I thought that the book "Harmony" was very well written, but didn't enjoy the book in general. Even though it was well written I'm not a fan of Sci-fi books in general. Rita Murphy did an excellent job of writing the book chronologically from the start of Harmony's life to the end. She did a very good job of writing about how Harmony came to Earth, and how all of her powers were handled by her. I liked most of the book was written, but I thought the parts of her trying to talk to Edwin was reall ...more
Boy, Rita Murphy sure does like foundlings, doesn't she? This is the first of three novels about teenage girls who were found in mysterious circumstances as infants (the other two being Looking for Lucy Buick and Bird). Ms Murphy is a somewhat formulaic writer, shall we say.

Which isn't to say that's a bad thing. Her first three novels all feature some kind of political or social issue combined with a fantasy element, set against the backdrop of a U.S. state: here it's environmentalism, paranorma
Griffin Johnson
This book was written very well, and it really helped move the story along. Harmony is one of the most interesting characters that I have ever read about. She has to find herself, and be able to control her powers at the same time. She just wants to be a normal teenager, but she also likes her powers.
Nadine Larter
A sweet story about a girl who was brought to earth by a star. After she turns fifteen she discovers that she has magical powers. I liked that her adoptive mother was a Cherokee Indian - I've always found them so quietly fascinating. It's not the greatest story you will ever read but definitely far less whiny and annoying than a lot of other YA fiction out there. At least the main character is a respectable girl with a good head on her shoulders instead of an emotional mess.
Levina  C.
A girl comes to terms with her strange abilities, the changes that come to her little mountain home, and growing up.

Beautiful, lyrical, and sad.

And short. Much too short.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A girl with paranormal abilities in the mountains of Tennessee fights to save the trees.
Eh. I liked Night Flying much better.
Good book, odd ending though.
Simply beautiful.
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The daughter of a pianist and an English teacher, she grew up surrounded by stories, rhythm and the creative process. After her son was born in 1992, she discovered her love of storytelling and began writing short stories. In 1999, her first novel, Night Flying won the Delacorte Press Prize at Random House Children's Books, was voted one of the Best Books for Young Adults by The American Library A ...more
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