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For National Curriculum Key Stage 1, Interest age: from c 5 years, Fiction, Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), Music: general interest (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: disability & special nee

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An extraordinary illustrated tale, set within the dark mystery of Venice and composer Vivaldi's life, about an orphan who finds her voice and future through the healing power of music - created by two award-winning literary greats.

An orphan with no voice but an extraordinary musical gift. A man of music who discovers her gift. Heartsong is a spellbinding tale about the healing power of music, set against the mystery and beauty of Venice.

"Destined to be a future classic" Manchester Evening News
"This is a spectacular book... a quiet, heart-soaring triumph" Big Issue
"A very special present for music-loving readers" The Times

Abandoned at the orphanage in Venice as a baby, Laura has never spoken. Her life is transformed when the composer Vivaldi unlocks her passion for music. The seasons turn, dark turns to light and miracles happen.

Carnegie award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland makes every word a master stroke. This short novel is exquisitely illustrated by acclaimed artist Jane Ray. Her work is inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the real girls and boys who lived and laughed and worked in the Venetian orphanage.

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Praise for Heartsong

  • This is a spectacular book ... it is part social history, part mystery and part haunting love story ... A quiet, heart-soaring triumph - The Big Issue

  • Ray's illustrations are exquisite. A very special present for music-loving readers aged seven and above - The Times

  • Award-winner Kevin Crossley-Holland is a beautiful writer and this haunting story is simply stunning. Destined to be a future classic, it is complimented by the exquisite illustrations by Jane Ray - Manchester Evening News

  • Crossley-Holland's limpid prose matches Ray's diaphanous watercolour images perfectly, evoking 18th-century Venice in all its gaudy grandeur and bringing to life someone who would not otherwise have been even a footnote in history - Financial Times

  • A ravishing object and a touching poetic tale ... Altogether lovely - The Sunday Times

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into twenty-three languages, and has sold over one million copies worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries across the country. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently President-Elect of the School Library Association. His novel Bracelet of Bones was published by Quercus in 2011.

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