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Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach

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An unforgettable tale of two lonely girls, born centuries apart, who change each other's lives Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
Governor General's Literary Award Nominee
A CLA Honour Book of the Year for Children

Catharina Bach sings only for her mother; she is too frightened of her famous father to even speak, let alone sing. Three centuries later,
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Puffin
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Hannah has recently moved to Saskatchewan from Toronto after the death of her violinist mother and is the odd girl at her new school - because she’s from the big city, plays violin, father doesn’t drive, and all the other reasons kids might have to exclude her. Catharina, only daughter and eldest child of J.S. Bach, is virtually mute and virtually ignored by her famous father. But both girls’ lives revolve around Bach’s composition of the Concerto for Two Violins in D and the power of the music ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book! Thank you Barbara Kathleen Nickel for coming up with this story. I'm also thankful and SO glad my cousin recommended it for me! This book, to me needed a review, so here is mine...

This book is for music lovers (people who play, would like or just like the violin and J.S. Bach and his Concerto for Two Violins or just any music lover, really), history lovers, and people who like both the past and the present with real and fictional events in books! If you don't like a
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Amazing, really draws you into the story. Good for violin players like ME. It also made me thankful that I didn't have terrible memories about that piece, and I could enjoy it.
This is a MUST read for Suzuki violinists!!! I read this back when I was in Suzuki volume 5 for violin - around the same time when Hannah, the main character, was also in the same level as me. IT WAS SOOOOOOOO COOL!!! This was like, the most perfect book for me at the time, and it really inspired me to be a better violinist.

I really, really loved the plot. There's two stories in this book, one follows the events of Catharina in the 1700s, (BACH'S DAUGHTER!!!) and the other, Hannah, in today's pe
I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a nice job understanding the emotions of the teo girls. This book also had special meaning for me, as I just played the Bach Double, the music featured in the ook, at my own recital.

I am also interested in writing fictional stories abut composer's lives, and this was a fine example f that.
My daughter absolutely loved this book, as well as Nickel's other book about Mozart's sister. I can see why she enjoyed it, but found some of the dialogue stilted and scenes unbelievable, especially the spontaneous hoedown at a 6th grade assembly.
This book was really great! I found it interesting because the author is a friend of my aunt's. It was a MYRCA book a few years back.
I was simply amazing! It is so inspiring and whenever I was feeling discouraged this motivated me and I learned to enjoy violin more.
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Barbara Kathleen Nickel (born June 22, 1966 Saskatoon, Sasketchewan) is a Canadian poet.

She was raised in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Goshen College, and University of British Columbia with an M.F.A. She was the poetry editor of Prism International.

She moved to St.John's, Newfoundland, then back to British Columbia. She was on a panel at the 2005 Association of Writers & Writing
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