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The Tunes of Lenore by J.T. Blossom
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The Tunes of Lenore is a very unique story that takes place a in California few decades in the future. Things aren't too different, but America has two presidents, global warming has seriously affected the environment, and technology has made some amazing advances, including genetically engineering dogs to make them smarter and able to communicate on a whole different level.

Ella and her mom and Ella's very special dog, Jenny are headed to a new type of boarding school called Wandering Pines. Ella has been in trouble in school, with her boyfriend and with her family. Her parents are splitting up - Mom spends to much time in her art studio with her artist friends and Dad is developing a new type of marijuana called "Enlightenment" that is a miracle cure for addiction and small mindedness. Of course Ella snuck in and sampled some and now she's headed out to the wilderness of California to a new school that will challenge her and get her back on track. The only upside is that Ella can bring her dog, Jenny, who communicates with Ella by sending her smell signals and pictures of different classical paintings that convey her thoughts.

School ends up being pretty cool. Her roommate Kerri, and the other students are awesome and Jenny gets along great with the other dogs. Ella finds a boyfriend in Peter, the teachers are kind and interesting and her junior project in the garden could have a genuine effect on agriculture and disappearing natural resources. Jenny loves Branden's dog Max and Ella soon suspects that Max has abilities like Jenny.

Ella brought her prized possession with her - a unique violin bequeathed to her by her grandfather on his deathbed. Playing Lenore soothes Ella, but she's reluctant to share her talent with the other folks at Whispering Pines.

Throughout Ella;s Junior year, as we meet the other students and teachers, J.T. Blossom presents a variety of philosophies on life and the state of the world. Nothing is forced or too confrontational but presented as part of the tale. I really enjoyed the story and Blossom's use of the paintings as part of Jenny's communication was engaging. Middle and High School aged kids would love this book. There are some frank discussions about sex and the teens sneak around with each other, but nothing is too graphic or offensive. This is a great addition to your library and perfect for kids who are tired of the same old stories and plot-lines. The author's bio mentions that there is a prequel and a sequel coming soon - I look forward to reading them!!
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March 20, 2019 – Started Reading
March 24, 2019 – Shelved
March 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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