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by Sarah De Carvalho
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton
The rather drab cover does not immediately attract attention, but the contents are gold dust. The author is known for her work among the street children of Brazil: she knows what she is talking about.
Solomon is a young boy with a wonderful gift for music. He can play the piano with skill far beyond his age, and sings like an angel. He also has a lovely personality. From a very humble, farming family in a beautiful valley nestling below his beloved mountains there would appear that nothing could go wrong, but by a quirk of history, the land does not belong to his family and when a crook posing as a helpful lawyer cons his father, they loose everything. His drunken Uncle, with whom his grandfather lives, remains on his share of the land, while Solomonís family have to move to the city, into the comfortless slum home of his Motherís brother.
As this story plays out we are introduced to Keira from a wealthy ranching family. She has her problems too, quite different of course, but the way these two main characters lives finally join up makes for an absorbing read, highly recommended.
Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew (01/06/11)