When Your Father Dies,

How do you recover?

Nine-year-old Samantha feels alone in the world. Her mother and grandmother would like to help her, but Samantha is conflicted about whether she can trust them. Then she meets Elaine Desmond, a mysterious, glamorous teacher, and Samantha discovers the wonders of music and the magic of the piano. Is this the way to heal her heart?

 
 
The portrait of the young girl at the heart of this book is marvelous, sensitive, and pitch-perfect.
— Timothy Hallinan

Book design and cover art by Amy Cesari