FICTION

Aven Green Music Machine

Union Square & Co. (Aven Green: Bk. 3). Aug. 2022. 128p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781454942221.
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K-Gr 3–Aven Green is back with a brand-new passion: music. When her teacher announces the upcoming talent show, Aven, who is white and has no arms, is determined to play an instrument for the show. The only hitch is that she’s not sure what she’d like to play. Her first choice is a piano. She can sit and play the keys with her toes, no problem. She’ll be playing Mozart by next week. But after a devastating blow by her friend Emily, Aven decides maybe being a professional musician isn’t for her. Her parents bring her to a cafe where she meets a guitarist, Luke, who plays with his feet! Inspired by Luke, Aven decides she wants to learn guitar. When Aven shows up at her great-grandma’s, she even learns a bit of the harmonica. The talent show rolls around and Aven delights her classmates with a song she wrote. Adding to the fun of the previous books in the series, Aven Green’s musical adventure is sure to make fans chuckle. This story features short chapters, interspersed black-and-white illustrations, and a list of related vocabulary words in the back. The book delivers a positive message of ‘if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.’
VERDICT The third in the “Aven Green” series, this delightful and fun title is sure to be an easy sell to young patrons.

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