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Operatic

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

tagged: bullying, emotions & feelings, music
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published: Apr 2019
pages: 160
ISBN:9781554989737
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. But it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luka, who hasn’t been to school in weeks.

Then, the class learns about opera, and Charlie discovers the music of Maria Callas. The more she learns about Maria’s life, the more Charlie admires her passion for singing and her ability to express herself fully through her music. Can Charlie follow the example of the ultimate diva, Maria Callas, when it comes to her own life?

Key Text Features
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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

About the Authors
Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her ever-growing list of acclaimed picture books for children includes Virginia Wolf, The Specific Ocean, The Liszts, Bloom, Story Boat and It Began with a Page. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her ever-growing list of acclaimed picture books for children includes Virginia Wolf, The Specific Ocean, The Liszts, Bloom, Story Boat and It Began with a Page. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • , Black-Eyed Susan Book Award — Graphic Novels, Grades 6-9
  • Commended, The List, Toronto Public Library
  • Short-listed, Joe Shuster Award — The Dragon Award
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Kids
  • Short-listed, Cybils Award for Elementary/ Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Editorial Reviews

Operatic offers a deft look at adolescence, rich but subtle, accessible but beautifully complex. . . . Maclear has created a setting and a cast of characters that feel extraordinarily fresh, alive, and, above all, very real. . . . Eggenschwiler’s visual metaphors create their own network of social, emotional, and sensory connections. . . . This book will delight not only young people and graphic-novel aficionados but anyone who believes that art — especially opera — is a powerful force in the world.

— Quill and Quire

Packed with music references and evocative illustrations, Operatic is a graphic novel that students will easily relate to and identify with.

— Vancouver Writers Fest

Brimming with raw emotion, music references, and gorgeous art, this memorable and relatable graphic novel will linger with readers.

— School Library Journal

Opera is an unusual but pitch-perfect match for that swell of overwhelming feeling, and Maclear.

— Booklist

Maclear and Eggenschwiler cleverly weave together story, visual art, and music. . . . Clever and contemplative, with music history readers might find unexpectedly fun.

— Kirkus Reviews

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