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Sylvie and the Songman

Tim Binding. Angela Barrett, illus.
Publisher David Fickling Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385751575
Pages/Publication Date 340/2008
Daedalus Item Code 13210
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Sylvie Bartram lives alone with her dog Mr. Jackson and her eccentric dad, a composer who invents strange and wonderful musical instruments, in this fantasy of magic and music for readers 9 to 12. Odd things begin happening—Mr. Jackson loses his voice, the birds stop singing, and one of her father's instruments sparks an explosion. Then Sylvie returns from school one day to find a message in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror: her father has been kidnapped. The Songman is at large, and is determined to steal all the world's music and use it for his own evil ends.

"An unforgettable tale, rife with thoughtful explorations of animal life, fascinating displays of instinctual communication, and breezy interpretations of the everyday magic we take for granted."—Booklist (starred review)

"The sense of menace grows alarmingly when the terrifying Woodpecker Man attacks the house with Sylvie and her friend George inside. They figure out that he works for the Songman, whose plan is to capture and hold captive all the world's songs. The friends embark on a dangerous adventure to find Sylvie's father and save the world from the fate of silence. Binding has created rich and interesting characters in Sylvie's friend George, her dog, and the fox that bites Sylvie's hand, giving her the power to understand the language and thoughts of animals. Sylvie herself is a likable and spunky character.... Binding's rich language and multisensory descriptions of the world of animals are absorbing, and Sylvie's terror at discovering that she has enemies all around her will have readers on the edge of their seats."—School Library Journal

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