With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin, and one brother plays the cello, while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert.
Her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn't interested in any of them: Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish.
But playing the tuba isn't as easy as it seems, and there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. With the encouragement of her music teacher, though, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.
"Lessons with Rodney, the friendly high school marching band tuba player, get her hooked on the shiny brass instrument. She almost gives up when the loud sounds coming from her difficult-to-play tuba yield negative reactions from her brother, classmates—even the neighbor’s dog. But Rodney encourages her to stick with it, and she happily plays in a special tuba-only holiday concert.... A delightful take on nonconformity within a lovingly supportive, musical family." — Kirkus Reviews
|4 - 8
|Helen L. Wilbur
|Mary Reaves Uhles
|Sep 15, 2018
|Sleeping Bear Press