"A compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds." -John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road
Markert sets his tale at Louisville’s Waverly Hills sanatorium during a 1920s tuberculosis outbreak. Few epidemics were so deadly, and Dr. Wolfgang Pike is beleaguered to the point of exhaustion. His wife’s death leaves him in even more despair, as he struggles to save the few lives he can amidst constant suffering.
But fortunes change when a former concert pianist checks in to Waverly Hill, and Dr. Pike—an amateur composer—is taken with the new patient’s musicality. Soon Pike is forming a hospital orchestra, bringing a sense of hope and enjoyment to the ward. While music can’t cure TB, it does awaken a new resolve in Dr. Pike and his patients, and brings a welcome relief from the struggles they’re facing.
Each challenge teaches a new skill and features a different Savannah animal, but my kids were immediately drawn to the ostrich level, where they had to load and unload the giant flightless birds into a truck until it had exactly 20 ostriches. They’ve always been charmed by the antics of the comical ostrich at our local zoo, so this game was the perfect way to build their addition and subtraction skills while having a great time.
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what James recommends:
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