The Piper's Son

The Piper's Son

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma.
(Age 14 and up)

Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.

Baker & Taylor
After his favorite uncle's violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fears that no one else is, either.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012, c2010
ISBN: 9780763660628
Branch Call Number: YA FIC MAR
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,23 cm.


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Jan 18, 2014

Melina Marchetta is a favourite of mine. Having read Saving Francesca, it was great to read this novel from Tom's POV. I loved it!

Aug 05, 2012

Communication is hard under the best of circumstances. It's hard to truly understand one another, and that is something that Melina Marchetta is so skilled at articulating. Tom, the title character, and his aunt are both reeling from their own personal demons, as well as the death of his uncle in the London Tube bombing. But at the heart of their dysfunction is misunderstanding the people around them. And we can all identify with that.

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