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A Little Wanting Song

by Cath Crowley

A Little Wanting Song
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    Jun 2010, 272 pages
    Oct 2011, 288 pages

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A young adult novel filled with music, friendship, and longing

Charlie Duskin is from the city. Rose Butler lives in the country. Charlie is quiet. Rose is loud. Charlie is poetic and musical. Rose is crass and blunt. The two girls could not be more different from one another - or so it seems.

A Little Wanting Song is a perfect story of loss, love and the process of learning how to communicate about them both. While they are different in obvious, outward ways, Charlie and Rose are alike in deeper, internal ways, both struggling with complicated emotions. Cath Crowley alternately narrates the story from both Charlie's and Rose's point of view, so the reader is able to get inside the heads of both girls in a fluid, organic, and extremely satisfying way.

Listen to the opening paragraph of the book: "Dad and I leave town in the early dark… It's so early he's wiping hills of sand piled in the corners of his eyes. I wipe a few tears ...

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