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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: WestSide Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934813087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934813089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7–10—Cassie's big moment as the youth orchestra's violin soloist is at hand and she is excited, but also uneasy about her father's increasingly erratic behavior. She never imagines his rage will escalate to the point where he destroys the vintage violin his father gave her in acknowledgment of her musical talent. Cassie runs away, with no clear idea of where she's headed or what she'll do to survive. Taking shelter at Chicago's Union Station, she finds herself telling the whole sordid story to a sympathetic young man, Nick, as he waits for his delayed train. Feeling inexplicably determined, Cassie heads for her grandfather's house several towns away, with only a bus ticket left to her name. The distance is farther than she realizes, and she winds up spending the night in a homeless shelter for teens, where suddenly her family's problems are put in perspective. Cassie and her family face difficult times as they try to find a positive way through this drama. Baron successfully uses musical metaphors in the structure of the novel—short chapters with staccato action and slower cadences reflective of the family's struggle to work their way through this situation. Cassie at times seems far more mature and reasoned than most 14-year-olds. This is a moving story that meanders a bit too long before reaching its hopeful if not terribly realistic denouement.—Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
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"...Baron successfully uses musical metaphors in the structure of the novel-- short chapters with staccato action and slower cadences reflective of the family's struggle to work their way through this situation....This is a moving story..." --School Library Journal<BR>"The family drama will grab readers, but just as enthralling is the story of a young person devoted to her music, note by note." --Booklist

"...this poignant story of multigenerational abuse is a compelling read." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is a novel about picking up pieces, told in a voice that is both poetic and compelling. Kathi Baron's Shattered has perfect pitch." --Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath, a Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award Finalist<BR>"It takes a special kind of author to create an emotional journey that opens our hearts. Kathi Baron is that kind of storyteller and Shattered is that kind of book." --Louise Hawes, author of The Vanishing Point and Waiting for Christopher, both New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, and Rosey in the Present Tense, a YALSA Popular Paperback<BR>"Shattered is about the shattering of a dream, and the wholeness only truth and forgiveness can bring. Much like a beloved piece of music, this novel's notes will stay with the reader long after the final page." --Sharon Darrow, author of Trash, a Junior Library Guild selection, and The Painters of Lexieville, a KLIATT Editor s Choice book<BR>"Objects may be shattered beyond repair, but families don't have to be. Kathi Baron's very readable debut novel deftly explores the mending process." --Ron Koertge, author of Strays, and Stoner and Spaz, PEN Award winners for Children's Writing<BR>"Shattered is a sonata in words, a deeply lyrical journey, ringing with overtones." --Tim Wynne-Jones, Horn Book and Edgar Award winning author of The Boy in the Burning House and The Uninvited

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An emotional, well-written novel that draws you in until the very last page!
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It was a very, VERY emotional read, I think especially for teenage girls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Helmuth on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kathi Baron's first novel,"Shattered", is written from the perspective of Cassie, a fourteen year-old "violin girl". Similar to Cassie's solo violin debut, Ms. Baron produces a gem in her literary debut. Cassie is saved from her family and personal crisis, not by some artificial plot device, but by the combined effects of family, friends, spiritual guidance, professional help, her music, and, ultimately, her character. In this way the story feels real, yet when it all comes together in the end the effect is powerful.

This book would be enjoyed not only by the young adult reader, but would be a good book for any parent and child to read together, lending itself to meaningful discussion. Or read it just for fun! Either way, I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allyb on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an amazing young adult book by my friend Kathi Baron. Through the eyes of the adolescent, Cassie, we see the value of therapy and psychiatric medications for those who need them, especially with issues of abuse. The lightness of the book hides the depth of the issues dealt with thus making it easy to read but then leaves you pondering the messages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on July 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Book Title: Shattered
Author: Kathi Baron

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Summary (from the back of the book):

Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he's kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his violent outbursts. With all of their lives shattered in some, Cassie's family must struggle to repair their broken relationships. As Cassie moves forward, she ultimately finds a way to help others, having developed compassion through her own painful experiences.

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Review:

I literally just finished reading "Shattered" minutes ago. It was a very, VERY emotional read, I think especially for teenage girls. It explores the relationships that girls have with their parents, siblings, friends, and boyfriends. Any girl that is remotely a "Daddy's Little Girl" will probably cringe slightly at times reading this book.

The main character, Cassie, was spunky and generally smart, except when she did COMPLETELY STUPID things like get in a car with a creepy, hobo war veteran who, yes, turned out to be a total creeper and chased her down when she tried to run. This, along with other things that happen kind of make you roll your eyes and say "Okay, who would ever really do that?"

But the emotions were intense. Baron wrote fluidly and very impressively, although at times the story did lag. I could have done without a few scenes, but overall the plot was decent.
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By Roxy Kade on July 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I have to say how much I love this cover. It is a perfect reflection of what can be found between the pages of this book.

The first half of the story seemed to rush by and I never got a real sense of who the characters were. It was only after Cassie's return that I actually settled into the story. I was happy that she was able to find some kind of normalcy in her life after all the chaos and I think Nick played a big part in her healing process. Their time spent at the batting cages was fun and for the first time I got to see a happy, carefree Cassie.

I was also glad that Cassie and her Mom were able to reconnect again. It gave me hope that even in the darkness there is light. The mystery of why Frank was so on edge about her violin playing was constantly on my mind. I was as eager as Cassie was to find out the truth once she reached her grandfather's place, but then he flipped out and the weird mystery deepened. My heart went out the the entire family when the truth was finally revealed. I didn't care too much for Frank but when he poured his heart out to his family, I actually felt a twinge on guilt for disliking him so much.

Cassie has more to worry about than whether her broken family will stay that way or not. As a soloist for the Chicago Youth Symphony, she has to face the possibility of her dream fading away, because without a violin, how can she possibly play? There is hope of a benefactor who can keep her dreams alive but Cassie cannot lie about what happened to he violin and that kind of dashes any hopes of her getting another violin.

This book had so much potential. A story of one girl's journey through fear, heart ache, loss, love and forgiveness, I only wish I had been able to connect on a deeper, emotional level with the characters.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Cassie is a teenage violin prodigy. But even though her life is going well with her solo, things at home are not going that well. Her father has a violent temper. He looses control and ends up breaking things like her mother's vase, his computer, and Cassie's violin. Having had enough, Cassie runs away from home. She figures she will go to her grandfather house, since he is the one that gave her the violin. But when she gets there, she doesn't get the reaction she hoped she would.

She decides to return home and learns that her mother is making her father work out his problems, away from the family. Cassie is now on the hunt for a new violin before she looses her place as a soloist, which is not going to be easy with the history of her last violin. She also has a budding relationship with a guy she meets the first night she ran away. Then the revelation of her father's past changes everything.

I really liked this book. I fell for Cassie loosing her violin. I love how the relationship with Nick progresses, just enough without over powering the book. I really liked how being a run away opened her eyes to the grittier side of our world. I cheered, I cried, and I felt sick when I learned about her fathers past.

This is a great book that shows how you can grow if you just believe in your dreams. This is one book that I think anyone would like to read.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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