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Hardcover, 261 pages
Published 1962 by Dent (first published 1938)

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Emily
What a treat. Originally published in 1938, this is a book that's very reminiscent of Noel Streatfeild's stories of children who are bursting with talent but have to struggle a little to have the chance to develop it (usually they are "poor" but come from cheerful families with devoted servants). The main difference here is that Karen, the gifted child in this book, plays the piano as opposed to dancing. Kitty Barne was married to a cousin of Streatfeild's, and they shared an illustrator in Ruth ...more
Daisy May Johnson
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I first came across 'She Shall Have Music' during my Masters when I started to collate a list of children's books featuring gifted and talented characters. It's a topic that still fascinates me; this balance of the incredibly unique individual with talents far beyond comprehension with the needs and necessity of the form. How do you write difference when, in a way, every book is about difference? (Sweeping, sweeping, let me sweep with such statements).

'She Shall Have Music' is an odd, rich littl
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Lynaia
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this through in 2 nights and would have done it in 1 if I could. As it is, it was after 2am. when I finished. I absolutely loved this book! It tells the story of a young girl who discovers the piano and her journey learning to play. You could tell reading the story that the author understood music and understood those called to play it. Even though this appears to be more of a YA novel, I would highly recommend it to adults as well if you can find it. There is also an adult novel sequel w ...more
Tig
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
An old favourite read as a bathtime book (I originally put dipped into, but that feels the wrong verb when talking about reading in the bath). The audition chapter is one of my favourite rereads ever. Oh, to have a talent like that, but the next best pleasure is reading about someone else having it.
Bethany
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I did enjoy the book and finished it, but the characters were too intense for me. Not really my cup of tea, but I'm sure there's an audience for this book who will enjoy it more than I did. Just a bit over-the-top. ...more
Rosemary
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always used to be inspired to do lots of practice after reading this book! Not this time, now that I'm a bit older - I was more interested in teaching methods. This is a very engaging well paced book. ...more
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