The Mozart Season
Henry Holt, 1991, ISBN 978-0805015713 (hardcover)
Square Fish, 2007, ISBN 978-0312367459 (paperback)

Reviews (continued)

“Allegra, a gifted violinist, plays in a youth orchestra in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, but she is also a three-dimensional, real 12-year-old who wrangles good-naturedly with her older brother, chafes at her parents’ restrictions on late-night bike riding, is loyal to her friends, and is intensely curious about the world around her. As the summer progresses, several themes weave in and out of Allegra's consciousness and growth as she struggles with the Mozart concerto she will play in the competition. A strange dancing man who appears at outdoor concerts, the mysterious sadness surrounding her mother’s friend Deirdre, and a very special gift from her grandmother in New York—all these find their way into Allegra's awareness and eventually into her own interpretation of the concerto. With a clear, fresh voice that never falters, Wolff gives readers a delightful heroine, a fully realized setting, and a slowly building tension that reaches a stunning climax at the competition. Wolff interweaves the themes of adolescence, music, and striving for excellence with great success.” —Connie C. Rockman, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, School Library Journal

“Having just completed seventh grade, Allegra Shapiro is looking forward to a relaxing summer ... But when she is chosen as the youngest of six finalist in one of Oregon’s most prestigious music competitions, her days are filled with practicing ... Her multitextured first-person story will speak strongly to many young people ... Readers...will savor each word of this distinctive novel.” —The Horn Book

“It is a pleasure to have a novel of ideas for young adults that describes the delicate dance between honoring traditions of the past and being your own person in the present.” —Publisher’s Weekly

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