Sisterly Love at the Heart of Music Boxes
Children’s book focuses on family, friendship, and other cultures
Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker is a modern-day fairy tale which takes a girl’s ballet dreams into a fantastical and magical spin. The beauty and joy of ballet comes to life while joining a diversity of characters from around the world to illustrate the wondrous variety cultures possess even when people share a common dream. The tale seeps into creepier tones as determination mutates into problems such as jealousy and bullying, but it’s the miracles of friendship and sisterly love which outshines everything.
“I only desire your talent...”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
“Before you do anything else, pick up a copy of Tonja Drecker’s MUSIC BOXES. The magical parts are enchanting, the exciting parts heart-pounding, and the poignant moments completely wrenching.” - Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author
“An enchanting mystery young readers will enjoy.” – Kids Bookshelf
“A powerful story with a compelling, mystical tale of adventure. 5 stars” – Readers’ Favorite
Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.
Music Boxes is available March 5, 2019 online, retail, and for all eBook platforms. Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. Juvenile Fiction: Girls & Women / Fantasy & Magic / Performing Arts-Dance. Trade paperback $12.95 ISBN 9781939844569, eBook 3.99 ISBN 9781939844576