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Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry

Second Fiddle

by Rosanne Parry

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good adventure set in Berlin after the fall of the wall - main characters are girls ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
As a TCK, this book did NOT ring true. From the first line, "we were Americans and addicted to solving other people's problems..." I could tell the author was NOT a TCK. Factual errors such as difficulty of replacing a lost passport ("oh, my mom hates the passport office") when one of the moms was a Consular officer, whose job it is to replace passports, as part of their services to Americans. The tone was wrong and I barely skimmed through the last parts of this book. Research may have been done concerning the German reunification and the Berlin wall, but if there was research done about the lives of actual TCKs, it doesn't show in the writing.

Also, the title didn't seem to fit.

That said, I did enjoy the girls' escapades in Paris.

*TCK=third culture kid. In this book there are two military kids (often called "brats") and one diplomatic kid. ( )
  sarahlouise | Dec 17, 2011 |
Jody and her two best friends, Giselle and Vivi, are a musical trio. Their parents are servicemen in Berlin in 1990, and they have been moved around their whole life, never before being in one place long enough to make good friends. Their parents are scheduled to be relocated, and before they are, the trio is scheduled to perform at a competition in Paris. When their teacher falls ill, the trip is supposed to be cancelled. But thei girls find a Soviet soldier in trouble and with him, leave for Paris anyway. ( )
  lilibrarian | Sep 9, 2011 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Jody, Giselle, and Vivian live on a military base in Germany. The three girls have one thing in common - music. They have been taking lessons from Herr Muller for years and are about to attend another competition. Their string trio has played well in the past, but this year they've practiced hard and are hoping to win. However, they will soon learn about much more than their music.

While the girls have been busy practicing, history has been changing around them. It's 1990 and the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany has crumbled. The changes in Germany mean that Jody's father will be retiring and moving them back to the United States. Because of this, she is especially excited about playing with her friends for perhaps the last time.

One thing Jody is not expecting is to see a young soldier thrown off a bridge. As her friends watch, she rescues the soldier, and they drag him to safety. Once he is out of danger, the girls learn his name is Arvo Kross. He explains that he is an Estonian, and that he was attempting to leave his regiment because he was being ordered to complete a dangerous mission he believed was wrong.

Arvo convinces the girls that his life is in danger if he remains in Berlin, and he insists that even the Americans at the German base will not be able to help him. Jody is determined to help Arvo find a safe haven.

When the girls find out their music teacher won't be able to take them to their competition in Paris as scheduled, Jody sees a chance to help Arvo. Since their parents don't know about the cancelled performance, Jody explains how they can pool their resources and help Arvo leave Berlin to seek help in Paris. Besides saving their new friend, the three girls think he will be able to act as the adult necessary to get them registered for the music competition.

What follows is an exciting journey to the city of Paris. The girls do make an appearance at the competition, but that's just the beginning of their musical adventure.

Rosanne Parry is the author of SECOND FIDDLE, as well as an earlier novel titled HEART OF A SHEPHERD. In her author's note for this book, she explains that her own experiences in Germany from 1990-1992 inspired her story. SECOND FIDDLE features three strong characters who take matters into their own hands, and through creative problem-solving manage to take care of themselves and at the same time uncover a bit of espionage. ( )
  GeniusJen | Jun 14, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375861963, Hardcover)

The author of Heart of a Shepherd offers another sensitive portrayal of military families, this time stationed abroad, in the city of Berlin at that historic time just after the Wall came down.

When 13-year-old Jody and her friends save a badly beaten Russian soldier from drowning, they put into motion a chain of events that will take them from Berlin to Paris and straight into danger. Jody must quickly learn to trust herself, because in the time directly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the border between friend and enemy is not as clear as it once was.

Award-winning author of Heart of a Shepherd Rosanne Parry offers a fast-paced, coming-of-age story filled with adventure, music, friendship, and intrigue.

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Six months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, three eighth-grade girls living on an American military base with their families in Berlin try to save a Russian soldier, who has been beaten and left for dead, by smuggling him to Paris, where they are going to perform in a music competition.… (more)

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