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Melody West and the Cherry Blossom By Francesca Rappa
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The Adventurous Melody West Series Book 5: It is springtime and Melody West leaves her hometown and goes on adventurous journey with her friend Nobuko to Japan. Right from the get-go, unlikely things... More > happen. A bicycle nearly crashes into Melody, and a boy in an Irish cap and scarf saves her but quickly disappears into the crowd. Then Melody and Nobuko follow a wily cat through a cemetery and end up meeting his owner, the talented and hospitable kabuki actor Goro Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura invites them to his moon-viewing party and then takes them to what may be a haunted theater, where a two-hundred-year-old woodblock print comes to life. Central to the novel are the blossoms on the cherry trees. When Melody first arrives in Tokyo, she sees the cherry trees in full bloom. Quickly in full bloom is also Melody’s crush on Jake, an American boy living in Japan. But soon the petals begin to fall, and Melody must learn how to cope with feelings of jealousy and her own unexpected behavior.< Less
Melody West and the Trumpeter Swan By Francesca Rappa
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The Adventurous Melody West Series Book 1: It is springtime and the thoughtful and intelligent eleven-year-old heroine Melody West is trying to adjust to life in her new hometown. Central to the... More > novel is how her two mischievous cats, Beetle and Honey Bear, always seem to get into trouble just when Melody can least afford it, for instance, when the search is on for a rare copy of the priceless engravings of John James Audubon’s "The Birds of America." Helping Melody discover the hiding place of the Audubons are her smart and self-assured friend James Cameron and the learned and generous antiques dealer Mr. Finfrock. During her search, Melody is determined to see Audubon’s beautiful engraving of the trumpeter swan. However, she is unprepared when she and her friends finally locate the Audubons and then discover a mysterious letter from the distant past. ::: Experience the sights and sounds of Melody's adventures at her companion blog Sugoi.< Less
Melody West and the Blue Dancer By Francesca Rappa
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The Adventurous Melody West Series Book 3: It is autumn and Melody West leaves her hometown and goes on an adventurous journey with her all-girl chorus to Ukraine. At the start of the novel, Melody... More > is worried her chorus is uninspired and unprepared for their upcoming performance. However, once Melody and her chorus land in Kyiv they soon discover how to look to the past for inspiration and show their audience the human spirit with its hopes and joys and sorrows. Central to the novel is a piece of sculpture called the Blue Dancer, made by Ukrainian artist Alexander Archipenko. Melody first sees the Blue Dancer at the art museum in Maplewood and is convinced the enigmatic dancer is keeping a secret from her. However, it is not until Melody befriends a charming and spirited former ballerina in Kyiv that the mystery of the Blue Dancer is finally revealed. ::: Experience the sights and sounds of Melody's adventures at her companion blog Sugoi.< Less
Melody West and the Great Bear By Francesca Rappa
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The Adventurous Melody West Series Book 2: It is summertime and Melody West leaves her hometown and goes on an adventurous vacation to the wilderness region of Lake Temagami in northern Ontario with... More > her aunt and uncle and cousins. During her vacation Melody is determined to experience as many hidden treasures of the wilderness as she can. What she wants most of all is to be able to look directly into the face of the mysterious Great Bear—the seven-foot black bear that was sighted earlier by Melody’s new friend, the Ojibwa native Charlie Paul. Melody is also determined to help her cousin Jack, a budding artist, convince his father once and for all that art is what he wants to do with his life. Central to the novel is Inuit art and culture and the discovery by Melody that people everywhere use their imaginations to make art and tell stories that explain the beautiful world around them. :: Experience the sights and sounds of Melody West at her blog Sugoi.< Less