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Fiddle Fever

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Although it is 1914 and the world is changing all around him, Felix LeBlanc feels trapped on his Louisiana farmhouse, where nothing ever happens. When he hears his uncle, ’Nonc Adolphe, play the fiddle for the first time, he knows there’s music in his blood, and he’s determined to be a musician, too. However, he’s too poor to buy his own fiddle, and to make matters worse, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 18th 2000 by Clarion Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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Etta Mcquade
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
It is interesting that the cigar box fiddle that 14-year-old Felix makes in Cajun Louisiana is patterned after a real incident. It is based on the true story of Conray Fontenot, who, in his youth, built his own cigar box fiddle because his family had no money to buy him a fiddle. He later became a famous fiddler.
Another interesting thing is that the author, Sharon Arms Doucet, is married to a man who is a famed fiddler and musicologist specializing in "cajun" music of Louisiana. From her own s
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Brent
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the late Canray Fontenot, Ms. Doucet portrays fourteen-year-old Felix LeBlanc as he makes a troubled beginning with traditional music near his farm home, not far from Eunice, LA. Doucet describes the processes of making a fiddle from a cigar box, playing alone and together, getting in trouble and doing penance, all during the tumult of 1914. What's great here is the determination depicted in Felix, to succeed in the wayward path of traditional music, overcoming many obstacles, inspir ...more
Kat
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books ever.I read it around 6th or 7th grade and it has stuck with me ever since. I can relate to how much the boy loves music and I would have done the same thing. It was an all around stellar book and I recommend it to whoever hasn't read it. :)
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