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A Distant Music

by B. J. Hoff

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This is one of my favorite books. I first read “The Penny Whistle” a short story contained within this novel. Maggie MacAuley, a young girl from an Irish immigrant family living in the Kentucky hills during the late seventeenth century. The family is poor although slightly better of than many of their neighbors since Maggie’s father is a foreman at the mine.

Jonathan Stuart has recently come to Skingle Creek to serve as the schoolteacher for the children of the mining community. He is a sickly young man from the city. He is kind and understanding and Maggie thinks he epitomizes what a “gentle” man must be.

Ms. Hoff describes the community and people with understanding and a depth of feeling bringing life to the pages. The children are like children everywhere, Ms. Hoff shows the good, and evil that comes out in their relations with each other and their teacher. Maggie growth in understanding and knowledge is demonstrated through her relations with her family and the community. A book suitable for young adults and suitable for family reading, its entertaining as an adult read. ( )
  muzzie | May 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0736914048, Paperback)

In the first book of the Mountain Song Legacy series readers step into a small Kentucky coal mining town in the late 1800's where hope is found in the hearts of two young girls--the vibrant, red-headed Maggie MacAuley and her fragile friend Summer Rankin.

When Jonathan Stuart, the latest in a succession of educators, actually wants to continue teaching in the one-room schoolhouse, then Maggie and Summer know that he is special. So when Jonathan's cherished flute is stolen, the girls try to find a way to restore music to his life.

Sorrow and joy follow in the days to come, and through it all Maggie, Jonathan, and a community rediscover the gifts of faith, friendship, and unwavering love.

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