This moving rites-of-passage story of an adolescent girl's devotion to her music is a touching read for youngsters ages nine to 12. Allegra Shapiro spends the summer practicing for a renowned violin competition in Oregon. Allegra is dedicated to her music and studies a challenging violin concerto. But as the event draws near, she worries she may not prepared and might fail. Her doubts lead her to discover new revelations about her family, friends, music peers, and a disabled man named Mr. Troubles. Here is a realistic story of self-discovery for preadolescents that will keep them engaged and provoke class discussions.