[Cindy Baldwin] ¸ Beginners Welcome [young-adult-contemporary PDF] Read Online ✓ I am so excited to share Beginners Welcome with the world in just a few months I figured I d use this space to share a little about the book Although it is unrelated to WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, I m hoping that readers who enjoyed that one will love BEGINNERS WELCOME, too You ll recognize some of the same things a preteen girl dealing with a heavy problem, a complex mother daughter relationship, a magic infused contemporary setting, and a plotline that has a lot to do with the heroine learning the strength of the community and found family around her.
Beginners Welcome actually takes place in my hometown, Durham NC Many of the places described in the novel like Brightleaf Square Mall or the Maplewood Cemetery are real Durham locations Although the piano that s a focal point in the story isn t there any, when I was growing up there was usually a gran Thank you to the author and Harper Collins Children s for sharing an ARC with our bookexpedition group Annie Lee misses her daddy It s been eighty three days since he suddenly passed away, but the apartment where she and her mama live is full of his presence The smell of his aftershave and hairs in the bathroom sink and the CD player and TV turning on by themselves to play his favorite song show are all constant reminders of the void she and her mama feel With her mama working full time Annie Lee needs something and someone to help her with the loneliness that surrounds her But she s afraid of letting down her invisibility cloak and letting others get close to her again At her new school she meets Mitch, tough and confident despite being new, too Annie Lee also meets Ray, an older pianist who plays at the local mall and gives her lessons When something happens to Ra
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Annie Lee s dad died suddenly over the summer, and her world is upended Her dad was the fun parent, the parent with whom she could talk and laugh, the parent she felt most herself with With her mom suffering through the depths of grief, worrying about finances, and working around the clock, Annie Lee finds herself a relatively peaceful place listening to an older man play piano at the mall When she hears him play, she can see the music, and she loses herself in the magic of it Knowing her father always wanted her to learn to play, Annie Lee decides to continue his legacy through piano lessons.
I loved this book for its beauty, but its ugliness too When Annie Lee silently wishes it had A beautiful, moving story about people learning to be brave through difficult things Would absolutely recommend to anybody and everybody.
Thanks to cindybaldwinbooks and kidlitexchange for this free copy Beginners Welcome is out 2 11 20 pre order now 5 Sometimes love meant holding on But sometimes it meant letting go Annie Lee and her mother are on the edge of poverty and despair since her father died suddenly almost three months ago Her father s spirit is lingering in their home in the form of stubble in the sink each morning, smells in the kitchen, the TV turning on randomly and Annie Lee and her mother are stuck in the past and no one can move on When Annie Lee meets an older gentleman with a gift for making music that feels like healing, she starts taking piano lessons from him Today my fingers didn t slip or trip or clump like elephants Today, they spoke all those words my heart could never figure out how to give voice to I can t overstate the importance of sad books that ad Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book for bookportage.
Fans of WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW will not be disappointed with Cindy Baldwin s upcoming middle grade read, Beginners Welcome release date Feb 2020 Cindy writes with the same emotionality that strongly connects the reader to her story and characters, but tells the story of Annie Lee and her experience moving forward after losing her dad a few months ago.
Annie Lee and her mom are still reeling from the unexpected death of her father, but also have his ghost to contend with in their home Financial problems and long work hours for her mom have left Annie Lee to figure out how to cope without her dad all by herself She befriends a girl named Mitch, but struggles to open her heart again Then she meets an elderly piano player named Ray, whom she begs to teach her how to
Annie Lee S Daddy Won T Stop Leaving His Record Player On His Whiskers Are In The Sink Every Morning And He Always Keeps The TV Turned To Duke Basketball Except Annie Lee S Daddy Died Eighty Three Days Ago Annie Lee Doesn T Like The Word Ghost, But Whatever Is Going On Isn T Making Things Easier For Her And Mama It Doesn T Help That Mama Works Around The Clock, Barely Making Ends Meet, And Annie Lee S Best Friends Ditched Her Over The Summer She S Starting Middle School Without A Soul To Sit By At Lunch Until She Meets Tough Skater Girl Mitch Mitch Might Need A Friend As Badly As She Does, But After Losing So Much, Annie Lee Can T Handle The Possibility That Another Person Might Leave HerWhen Annie Lee Sneaks Out One Afternoon While Mama S At Work And Rides Her Scooter Downtown, She Meets Ray, An Elderly Pianist Whose Music Is Pure Magic Ray Sees Right Through Her Imaginary Invisibility Cloak, And When Annie Lee Begs For Piano Lessons, He Agrees To Teach Her And Convinces Her It S Worth Letting People Into Her HeartBut After Ray Goes Missing, Finding Him Means Breaking A Promise To Mitch Faced With Once Again Losing The People That Mean The Most To Her, Annie Lee Will Have To Make A Choice Hide Under The Invisibility Cloak That S Been Keeping Her Safe, Or Risk Admitting How Much She Needs Mitch And Ray, Even If It Means She Might Get Hurt Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book for bookportage I was thrilled to read Beginner s Welcome after reading Where the Watermelons Grow Once again, Cindy Baldwin tackles a tough emotional topic about a young girl who is left to fend for herself and learn how to cope Annie Lee is a young girl who loves her father and his sense of fun, and while she gets along with her mother, she connects with her dad When she loses her father suddenly, her world is turned upside down Her mother now has to work constantly to try and make ends meet, as they await fingers crossed for a life insurance settlement On top of all of that it, both Annie Lee and her mother are dealing with strange happenings in their apartment all related to her dad, shaving cream in the sink every morning, and her father s favourite records suddenly playing