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About the Author
William Miller is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for Lee & Low. Mr. Miller lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches African American literature and creative writing at York College.
Susan Keeter studied fine art and illustration at Syracuse University. Her paintings have appeared in children's magazines and she has illustrated several books and stories for educational publishers. Ms. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband and their daughter. The Piano is her first book for Lee & Low.
"The Piano is an inspiring story of a young African American girl and an older white woman who form a bond and a friendship through their mutual love of music. It is a friendship that transcends age and race. A first selection for any collection." -- MultiCultural Review
"The characters are brought to life and Tia's warm, open innocence is evident in the expressive artwork. This is a gentle story depicting a friendship that crosses age and racial barriers." -- School Library Journal
In this gentle story set in the early 1900s, music brings a young African American girl and an elderly white woman together. Miller lightly touches on segregation and contrasts Tia's caring attitude toward Miss Hartwell to Johnny's -- "All white people's money is the same. I don't care which I get it from" -- but the story emphasizes a relationship that transcends age and class. Keeter's oil paintings enhance the gentle mood. Two-page spreads make space for the pictures to illustrate the text and expand the setting... A lovely book with an understated message. -- Kirkus Reviews
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Notable Books for a Global Society, International Library Association (ILA)
Honor Book - Grade K-6 Social Studies, Society of School Librarians International
Author Award for Juvenile/Young Adult, Alabama Library Association