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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Becky Cohen has a rough life. She’s an outsider everywhere she goes: shunned and mocked at school, at her violin lessons, and at home by her disapproving mother. Her only true friend is her brilliant little brother, newspaper-loving Benjy. She dreams of becoming a great violinist, but at the group lessons she’s forced to take at the Y, Becky panics and plays badly. Then ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 6th 2009 by Yearling (first published November 8th 2005)
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Catherine Mayo
Aug 09, 2013 Catherine Mayo rated it did not like it
Initial chapters reveal Becky’s utterly dismal life – no friends, no parental support, vicious attacks by her teacher, her class mates, such total misunderstanding of her passion to play the violin, so little recognition or reward for the three hours a day she spends practising, such self loathing, so little joy in her practice, so much exaggeration and caricature in the description of her enemies, written with so little humour or humanity, I can’t see why she and her readers don’t just go and ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
It is tough when no one listens to you. It is tough when you get so nervous in front of people that you always choke under pressure. It is tough when you don't have a best friend. It is tough being Becky Cohen. Becky is a very talented violin player, but has a meek personality that causes her not be be noticed, and if she is noticed, it isn't for something good.

In Befiddled, Becky struggles to overcome her issues and become the great musician she knows she can be. This being the first published
Oct 19, 2009 Caitlinleah rated it liked it
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It was fine. i don't think it's one i'm going to remember a few months down the road. it had these really annoying newspaper clips which i never read the whole way through. but it has a happy ending.
Aug 30, 2015 Adrianne rated it liked it
When you lack self-esteem life can beat you down. Through the fun and encouraging help from a neighbor changes are made, for the better. Determination and overcoming criticism help!
Rebecca Lee
Mar 15, 2011 Rebecca Lee rated it really liked it
This is a story on how a girl met a man who helped her out of her difficult situation after years of torment by her classmates and teachers, helping her to become a great musician.
Mar 02, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Solid read, actually debating if I want to keep it or not. It's super quick but there was a lot of good in it.
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My books include the children's novels "Befiddled" and "Backtracked" and works of non-fiction for adults, including "Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique" and "The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life" (published by Crowood). I travel the world giving seminars and master classes for all creative people. I'm currently finishing two new books -- a new novel for young ...more
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