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Maddie Wants Music

by Louise Leblanc
illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
translated by Sarah Cummins

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humorous stories, emotions & feelings
list price: $5.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: 1993
ISBN:9780887802195
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 10
Grade:
1 to 5
Reading age:
5 to 10
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Awards
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
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Description

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

— Children's Book Review Annual

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

— Canadian Materials

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

— Quill & Quire

"Just right for young readers."

— Today's Parent
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About the Authors

Louise Leblanc

LOUISE LEBLANC is an award-winning novelist and children\s writer. A native of Montreal she worked as a teacher a model an actress and a dancer before establishing her full-time writing career in 1985. Her Maddie books have appeared in French English Spanish and Danish editions.'
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Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

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Sarah Cummins

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