"Frederick's story is less compelling than Tess's, and Tess's narrow-minded, ambitious mother is written too simply, but Tess's passion and struggle for her music sing melody, harmony, and detail. (Fiction. YA)"
In a strikingly beautiful scene, Tessie, not yet six, hears a Mozart symphony she's never heard before, transcribes it into colors in her head, crayons it onto page after page, and is then able to play it on her violin.
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