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Fridays with Mayra Calvani

Posted on: January 7, 2011

 Shattered
By Kathi Baron
WestSide Books
ISBN: 978-1-934813-08-9
Young Adult

Shattered is the compelling story of a violin
prodigy teenaged girl who runs away from home
after her father shatters her beloved violin in front
of her eyes. Thus, the word ‘shatter’ has a dual
meaning in the novel. As Cassie learns to survive
in the streets, she gradually learns the reason her
father, a former violinist, behaved so explosively.
While away, she meets a series of
interesting——and sometimes
dangerous——characters that indirectly help her
grow and become a more mature and
understanding human being. Cassie also searches
for her elusive grandfather in an effort to learn
more about her own father.

Human emotions are brought to vivid life in this
first novel by talented new author Kathi Baron.
Baron writes from the heart, with passion and
sincerity. The prose flows beautifully and the
story kept me engrossed all the way till the end.
Cassie is a genuine protagonist most teenaged
girls will identify with, especially young
violinists. One aspect of this book that got my
attention is that the descriptions of music and the
violin sound very real even though the author
isn’t a musician. This is a peeve of mine with
violin novels: if the author isn’t familiar with the
violin, the writing comes out as fake. But this
didn’t happen with Shattered, so I have to
congratulate the author on her research.

Shattered is a coming-of-age story. It is also about
the healing power of music and the complexity of
family relationships. A must read for young
violinists, especially girls!

–Award-winning author Mayra Calvani writes fiction
and nonfiction for children and adults. In addition, she
is co-editor of Voice in the Dark ezine and a reviewer
for The New York Journal of Books,
Blogcritics Magazine’s “Kiddie Corner,” and
SimplyCharly.com. She’s had over 300 reviews,
interviews, stories, and articles published in print and
online. Mayra is a member of the Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and
the Children’s Writer’s Coaching Club. Visit her
website at http://www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com.

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