The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston

51vzu7f2a1l  The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston, Little Brown and Company, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-316-30295-1

Format:  hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: realistic fiction

What did you like about the book?  Ten-year-old Cadence is a sympathetic narrator, and the reader immediately identifies with her shyness as well as the fact that she is coping with an absent mother, who left just after Cadence’s seventh birthday.  Cadence’s father and half-brother are kind and loving, and she has a whole community of people who care for her, but Cadence sometimes feels smothered by all the attention and sympathy.  She also has a considerable singing talent which she is not yet ready to share with the world. When her two best friends from the church choir learn her secret, Cadence wonders if being true to her talent, and to a promise she made to God, will cause her to lose a friend. This is an uplifting story that should definitely resonate with anyone who hesitates to step into the spotlight. Two characteristics which set this book apart are the vivid depiction of church life, and the growth in the characters as they learn the difference between supporting a person and pitying her.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Readers who enjoyed this book, and who like their fiction with a thread of music or poetry running through it, should also love Like Magic by Elaine Vickers.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary and middle schools should find this book popular.

Where would you shelve it ?  Middle-grade or intermediate fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessarily, although it was enjoyable.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: January 6, 2017


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