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|Banjo of destiny|
Author: Fagan, Cary
Jeremiah lives in a mansion with his parents who foster his sophistication, but much to their chagrin, he falls in love with the banjo.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 149463
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/11)
School Library Journal (06/01/11)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2011 Gr 4–6—Jeremiah Birnbaum comes from a wealthy family and has everything a kid could ever ask for. However, because he is not able to control many aspects of his life, he feels trapped in his overly proper existence and wishes he could be a more "normal" kid. One day, Jeremiah discovers he has a passion for banjo music. Facing disapproval from his loving but misguided parents, who want him to play only the piano, he secretly sets out to build his own banjo and learn how to play it. With the help of his friend Luella and a few supportive adults, Jeremiah achieves his goal and eventually convinces nonbelievers of the beauty of the instrument. Using simple, straightforward language injected with humor and heart, Fagan presents a sweet, quiet, and neatly packaged tale that emphasizes the importance of hard work and following your dreams in the face of adversity. The story is set in an undetermined place, although references to things like the Internet indicate the modern day. Black-and-white spot illustrations at the start of each chapter add a bit of whimsy. While the pace of the narrative is slow at times, and the content might not interest all children, readers will relate to Jeremiah's feelings of frustration with not being allowed to make decisions for himself and may even be inspired to pick up a unique hobby of their own.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.