Muskoka, Canada, the Great Depression: Fifteen-year-old Ben wants to be a violinist, but his chances of leaving Cook's Landing, the family farm, grow slimmer every year. Then one day in early summer, possible salvation arrives in the form of a new neighbor-Ruth Chapman, a wealthy New Yorker. Unlike other women in Muskoka, she smokes and swears-and introduces Ben to Mozart and Sibelius. Ben's mother keeps telling him that "things can happen" if he makes a good impression. . . . But, as the summer starts to wane, so does Ruth Chapman's interest in Ben and, consequently, Ben's hopes for his future. Historical note. Note from the author.
The LandingBook Verdict
ISBN: 9781554532346 Format: Print Book Edition: - Publisher: Kids Can Page Count: 160 Trim Size: 5 1/4" x 7 7/8" Dewey Classification: 813'.54 Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.8, Points: 5 Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 8.6, Points: 10 Lexile: Level: 1020L Awards & Honors: 2008 Governor General 's Literary Awards Prize Genre: Historical fiction.