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Maddie Wants Music

By Louise Leblanc, Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, Translated by Sarah Cummins

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Series: Formac First Novels

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Maddie's parents never let her do what she wants. One day she wanted to listen to her music, but her parents had opera screeching through the house full-blast. She figures that if she gets a walkman she can listen to what she wants, when she wants to--but walkmans cost a lot of money.
She has a little money, but not enough. Her brother Alexander has plenty of money, so she thinks she might "borrow" some without telling him. When a gang of tough guys threatens her at her family yard sale, however, she learns a lesson about what this sort of borrowing really means. At the same time, she learns how important her family really is to her.
Maddie Wants Music is a story that shows how what we think we want can lead us to what we really need.

Awards

Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1992

Louise Leblanc's prose style is vigorous and humorous. The text appears in large typeface with plenty of italics and uppercase letters for emphasis. Black-and-white illustrations are provided by the award-winning children's book illustrator, Marie-Louise Gay. Recommended.

- Jami van Haaften Children's Book Review Annual

"The narrative is finely constructed, engaging and easy to follow."

- Jacqueline Reid-Walsh Quill & Quire

"Just right for young readers."

- Today's Parent

"A very satisfying transition for newly independent readers moving from picture to chapter books!"

- Canadian Materials

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 61 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780887802195
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Black and white illustrations

Binding: Hardback, 61 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780887802201
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Black and white illustrations

Previous Editions: (show)
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
ISBN: 9781459500167
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV039050
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 5 To 10

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First Novels

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  • Engaging stories for early readers
  • Award-winning authors and illustrators
  • Chapter book format, with short chapters and amusing b&w illustrations
  • Reading level: grade 2.0-3.0
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"young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations and discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes" — Kirkus Reviews

First Novels are humorous, easy-to-read novels that encourage children to begin reading on their own. The series features vibrant, loveable characters, age-appropriate plots and lively illustrations. The books deal with themes kids face every day such as teasing, friendship, competition and multiculturalism.