A Little Wanting Song

A Little Wanting Song

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"A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . . ."
CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely unspectacular.
ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.
Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose's "little wanting song" is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 265 pages
  • 147 x 218 x 25mm | 390g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0375860967
  • 9780375860966
  • 1,493,309

About Cath Crowley

Cath Crowley grew up in rural Victoria, Australia. She studied professional writing and editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works as both a freelance writer and a part-time teacher in Melbourne.

A Little Wanting Song was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. To find out more about Cath, please visit www.cathcrowley.com.au.
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4 33% (1,131)
3 25% (860)
2 8% (283)
1 4% (154)

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Charlie lives in the city and journeys into the country every holiday to help her father run his parents\' store to give them a break. Rose lives in the small town and wants anything to get away. But the two have never been friends, though both families have tried to bring the two girls together. This holiday will prove different for both girls. Rose has been accepted into a school in the city. She knows her family won\'t let her go. But if she can befriend Charlie and get Charlie\'s family to invite her to stay with them, she may just have a chance. Rose\'s friends, Luke and David, can\'t understand Rose\'s sudden change of heart. They\'ve always called Charlie Duskin Charlie Dorkin. Now, all of a sudden Rose wants to include her in their adventures. Charlie\'s a bit hesitant to join in, but she did always think Dave was nice enough. At least he tried to be nice to her in the past. The summer unfolds in alternating chapters. Charlie loves her music, yet she\'s afraid to play anything in front of others. Dave is finding Charlie more interesting the longer he\'s around her. Rose and Luke are a couple, but this summer they\'re having issues of their own. And all along, Rose is finding Charlie isn\'t so bad, but she\'s kept her ulterior motive hidden. A LITTLE WANTING SONG was originally published in Australia in 2005 under the title CHASING CHARLIE DUSKIN. Readers will be able to pick up the Australian undertones to the story, even though it could be Anytown, Anywhere that Ms. Crowley writes about. And I have to be honest - I think the previous title makes more sense. That being said, the story is still good and worth the time to settle down and read.show more
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