What will it take for a cynical older sister to realize she’s a born accordion player — with music in her heart?
Eugenia Lincoln is a practical person with no time for gee-gaws, whoop-de-whoops, or frivolity. When an unexpected package containing an accordion arrives at her house, she is determined to have nothing to do with it. But her plans to sell the accordion, destroy the accordion, and give the accordion away all end in frustration. How can Eugenia stop being tormented by this troublesome package? Might she discover that a bit of unforeseen frivolity could be surprisingly . . . joyous?
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for young readers, including the Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive series. Her books Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux both received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis.
Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of The Circus Ship, King Hugo’s Huge Ego, Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit, and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive series as well as Mac Barnett’s President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. Chris Van Dusen lives in Maine.
Date of Birth:March 25, 1964
Place of Birth:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DiCamillo brings us to like - even love? the most unlovable Eugina Lincoln. Readers will know Eugina from the Mercy Watson series as the woman who, well pretty much doesn't like anything or anyone. DiCamillo finds a softer side of Eugina when an unexpected package arrives at her doorstep containing - AN ACCORDION! Imagine my delight at this as I am an accordion player (self-taught!). Eugina is miserable about the accordion and tries to get rid of it. I found myself chuckling at the idea of neat and orderly Eugina having to deal with the big monstrosity that the accordion represented to her. DiCamillo's ability to pen a complex, and thorough story in few words, shines in this book. There is a lot of emotion, personality and backstory in this book and DiCamillo writes it perfectly for a younger audience. Chris Van Dusen's illustrations add another level to the story also.. They are a perfect match. Will Eugina learn to love the sweet music that can be played from the instrument? Will we see a different side of her? Who actually sent the accordion and what were their motives? That dear reader I leave up to you.