The Lucy Variations

The Lucy Variations

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Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. She performed at festivals and won awards; all the right people knew who she was. That was all before she turned twelve. Now, aged sixteen, it's over for her. Sara Zarr deftly draws readers into the glamorous and high-pressure world of top-level music competitions and complicated family dynamics in this moving and eloquent coming-of-age story.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 148 x 189 x 22mm | 278g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1409562689
  • 9781409562689
  • 319,827

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'Beautifully and sensitively drawn' - Lancashire Evening Post; 'An achingly poignant read' - The Daily Mail on How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr; 'A sensitive and gripping story of love, music and family' - So Little Time blog; 'Lucy's San Francisco family want her to be an international piano star - until she refuses to continue, at which point their attention switches to her younger brother. High spots include the relationship between the family and the new piano teacher, and Lucy's mother eventually finding the strength to support her' - The Independent on Sunday; 'Poignantly tackles the themes of grief, passion, relationships and music' - Yateley News and Mail; 'Lucy's quest for authentic self-expression balanced with humility and an awareness of other people's needs and points of view is one that should resonate with all teens' - Carousel; 'It would have been easy for Zarr to fall into the trap of painting a picture full of the details of a musical career, convincing enough but unappealing. Instead she gives the reader just such a detailed picture, but also... a convincing and three-dimensional presentation of Lucy, depicting the complex elements of her relationships with her family, her friends and her tutors' - Books for Keeps
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About Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of several Young Adult novels. Her debut, Story of a Girl, was nominated for the National Book Award and featured on the ALA Best Books for Young Adults. How to Save a Life, the first of her books to be published in the UK, has received widespread critical acclaim.
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4,615 ratings
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3 31% (1,436)
2 12% (537)
1 4% (174)
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