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Nate’s family has a secret, and it’s wrapped up in a song. The problem is, his preacher father hates music, and when he catches Nate hanging around downtown Bristol with musicians like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, he comes down hard on him. So Nate sets out in search of himself and the song he thinks will heal his family. Set during the “big bang” of country music ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Albert Whitman Company
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Ms. B
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Family, faith and a boy's love of science intersect in this story about thirteen year-old Nate who is growing up in 1927 Bristol, Tennesse. Nate is fascinated by all the technological advances of the day; cars, radios and vinyl records. But at home his fanatical father wants him to have nothing to do with science or music and to put his trust in the Lord.
3.5 to 4 stars. The reason I raised this to 4 stars is because Kidd is a great storyteller and his telling of this story about a family in cri
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Virginia McGee Butler
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Start with an Appalachian story, set it in the late 1920s, add a preacher who pitches a tent and starts his own church called The Church of Consecrated Heaven and Satan’s on the Run. Begin the prologue with, “For a long time, I thought it was a dream. A melody curled through the night, like a white ribbon on black.” There’s a significant chance of a good book in store in Lord of the Mountain by Ronald Kidd.

Nate, the preacher’s son with a strong personal draw to music, tries to make sense of his
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Debbie Tanner
This is a historical fiction piece set in rural NC and TN in the 1920s. Nate lives with his parents and his younger brother Arnie. Nate's dad is a preacher, preaching hellfire and damnation in a tent out in their yard but the church has no music, as Nate's dad believes that music is the work of the devil. The mystery is why. Nate ends up finding joy in music, in their small town of Bristol, TN, some of the first music producers come to town to record local music and the Carter family shows up. T ...more
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Eileen Winfrey
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars to this coming of age novel. As Nate struggles to get beyond the stifling influence of his pastor father’s extremism, he finds solace and friendship through country music (and Popular Mechanics magazine) during the industry’s earliest days. Touching and (for an adult familiar with the Carter Family’s music) sentimental, but speaking to the human struggle: “I wanted to do things, but I didn’t know what.”
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
With the birth of country music as his backdrop, a boy searches for music's place in his troubled family.
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time.
Anita McDivitt Barrios
We're always on the lookout for books that incorporate music or musical instruments, or that tell stories centered around music. This was a great read from a time period and place that doesn't get much attention in children's literature -- 1920s Appalachia, when country music first began to be collected, shaped and recorded.

Nate grows up in his preacher father's outdoor church tent, where music and science are banned as Satan's great evils. But when the Victor recording company comes to town, lo
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Ronald Kidd is the author of thirteen novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed “Night on Fire” and “Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial.” His novels of adventure, comedy, mystery, and American history have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the Library of C ...more

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