by Maclear, Kyo, 1970-

Format: Print Book 2019
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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?

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With swirling, artful visuals and a thoughtful approach to middle-school emotions, this tender, quiet graphic novel follows Charlie and her friends as they work on a music class project and, more deeply, consider their own friendships and identities. When her music teacher, Mr. K, asks his students to find one song that speaks to who they are, Charlie is stumped until she hears an aria performed by Maria Callas. As she listens to more opera, she finds an outlet for the feelings she's tried to keep stifled worry about a classmate who stopped coming to school, a crush on a quiet boy others don't seem to understand, pride in herself, and empathy and compassion for those around her. It's a revelation beautifully depicted in Eggenschwiler's thick-lined artwork with warm, jewel-toned accent colors, which does an excellent job of capturing the emotional tenor of each scene; for instance, a cloud of butterflies engulfing Charlie's crush. In addition to the gorgeous visual lexicon, the story beautifully touches on the powerful emergence of strong feelings that happens in middle school and the various ways tweens either embrace those emotions or project their discomfort in cruelty. Opera is an unusual but pitch-perfect match for that swell of overwhelming feeling, and Maclear and Eggenschwiler fold it into the story perfectly. A poignant, pithy, and arrestingly illustrated story.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Taking on friendships, crushes, cliques, and music culture, Maclear offers an honest, deeply respectful look at what is at the core of belonging and isolation for teenagers. Charlie Noguchi narrates her middle-school existence through the lens of her music teacher's assignment to "choose a song for this moment in your life and write about it." She pines for Emile, a quiet aspiring entomologist, and wonders about the mysterious prolonged absence of Luka, a femme boy who sings like an angel and once disturbed kids and adults at school with his unapologetic fabulousness ("All the boys who acted like they didn't care about anything saw him singing like he cared about everything," Charlie observes). Lush illustrations by Eggenschwiler (Coyote Tales) are color coded-yellow for Charlie, blue for Luka, and red for Maria Callas, the singer Charlie claims for her own and whose biography is threaded through the present-day story. When Charlie, Emile, Luka, and friends find the courage to express themselves together, their music creates a rainbow. With poetic words and pictures, Maclear and Eggenschwiler create a synesthetic experience that captures all the high and low notes of youth. Ages 10-14. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Callas, Maria, -- 1923-1977 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Callas, Maria, -- 1923-1977 -- Fiction.
Middle schools -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Middle school students -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Opera -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Interpersonal relations -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Music -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Middle schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Middle school students -- Fiction.
Opera -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Music -- Fiction.
Cartoons and comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Toronto :Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,2019
Contributors Eggenschwiler, Byron, illustrator.
Language English
Description 160 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 160).
ISBN 9781554989720
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