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What a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  59 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This compelling collection of stories explores the powerful impact that music has in our lives—especially in the lives of teens. Each story strikes a new note: Ron Koertge introduces us to the boys in the band—the marching band; Joseph Bruchac contributes a Native American boy with no rhythm whatsoever; Jennifer Armstrong writes about what was perhaps the first battle of t ...more
Library Binding, 208 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Ashley Young
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a Song Can Do is most definitely a well-put together book filled with twelve different perspectives on how music really can change the lives of so many people on this earth, and how music lies within every breathing moment of the lives of an enormous percentage of people. I loved reading the different mini stories that different "authors" in What a Song Can Do told because in each "mini-story", the different authors shared in diverse ways their story of how music has influenced their life. ...more
Ms W
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
MsW: Easy read to flip back and forth through, stories like these swirl in my head quite often, I've been drawn to music for as long as I can remember. I might have to write a few riffs of my own some Gramma teaching me piano notes by cutting the sides of a shoe box, writing the scale and sticking it in behind the keys; super fun afternoons in her spare room singing church hymns and gospel standards at the top of my lungs in tune with the guitars and piano played by uncles and Gramma an ...more
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also read this while lying on a bunk bed in South Carolina, but it was a different bed than the one I read Amalee on. I loved the first chapter the most, but the rest was awesome, though I didn't like the indian story as much as the others even though I forget what they were.
Janette Grimshaw
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this between a 3 and a 4; it depends on the story since I liked some stories more than others. Ones I might consider using in class would be. . .
--Piano Obsession
--The Audition
--Tangled Notes in Watermelon
--The Gypsy's Violin
--New Town
Dayna Smith
Twelve short stories all relating to the power of music in the lives of teenagers. These charming stories are written by such amazing authors as Ron Koertge, David Levithan, James Bruchac, and of course, the editor herself. A magnificent collection of stories.
Feb 03, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading this book right now but it seems pretty good so far.
It's pretty interesting.
Putting into words what music does for us is a difficult thing to do. The authors in this book of short stories do a unique job at trying to find words to describe music.
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the collaboration of stories. My two very favourites were Tangled Notes in Watermelon(so cute), and Ballad of a Prodigy.
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The article on synesthesia basically describes my life. Enjoyed this compilation.
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Jennifer Armstrong learned to read and write in Switzerland, in a small school for English speaking children on the shores of Lake Zurich. The school library had no librarian and no catalog – just shelves of interesting books. She selected books on her own, read what she could, and made up the rest. It was perfect. As a result, she made her career choice – to become an author – in first grade. Whe ...more
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