The 2009 One Book, One Philadelphia program will again feature two companion books for children, teens, and family reading.

Featured Book

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The Soloist by Steve Lopez

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Steve Lopez
When Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, he envisions this “Violin Man” as the topic of his next column for the Los Angeles Times — only to unearth an even more extraordinary story about the mysterious street musician. From an impromptu concert of Beethoven’s Eighth in the Second Street tunnel to a performance of Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites on Skid Row, the two men learn to communicate through Ayers’ music. And though it’s Ayers he initially sets out to save, Lopez finds that his own life is profoundly changed.

Companion Books

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A Chance to Shine, by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin

A Chance to Shine chronicles the story of a young boy as he encounters Joe, a homeless man outside of his father’s store. After accepting an offer from the boy’s father to sweep the sidewalk in front of the store, Joe’s responsibilities expand and he is soon promoted to manager and given the chance to move into his own apartment. Inspired by his father’s message—“Every heart needs a chance to shine”—the young boy realizes that he must look beyond first impressions to find the true value of people, and along the way befriends fellow students he had previously dismissed as outcasts.

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The Double Life of Zoe Flynn by Janet Lee Carey

Making friends in sixth grade is hard enough, but when Zoe Flynn lies to conceal her family’s homelessness, she endangers her one true friendship in her new school. When Zoe’s father lost his job in California, the family was forced to pack up their old van and move to Oregon in search of better possibilities. Zoe misses everything left behind—her creaky house, her best friend Kellen, and her dog Merlin. Now, while her father searches for jobs, Zoe’s family sleeps in their cramped van and tries to save money for rent. As time passes, Zoe’s definition of home begins to change.

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