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Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Orchard Books ISBN 9781408336069

Many children are abandoned at the orphanage in Venice but Laura is different from the others as she is mute. She receives a warm welcome but it is when she meets the music master Father Antonio - the great composer Vivaldi - that her life is transformed. He encourages her to develop her musical gifts in which he has considerable faith. Can the power of love and music turn darkness into light in Laura's life? This beautifully written story with superb illustrations was inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons. You may well find your heart singing as you read this compelling tale.

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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas
Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781471145506

Jacques Papier wonders whether everyone hates him as he is usually ignored except by his sister Fleur who he adores. One day he overhears a conversation suggesting that Fleur has an imaginary friend she had never told him about. Jacques becomes even more angry and confused when he realises that he is not her brother - he is her imaginary friend. He thinks his heart is broken - but do imaginary people have hearts? This wonderfully written memoir offers much food for thought about imaginary companions. It is an amusing story but also says a lot about life - real and imaginary.

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