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The Last Holiday Concert Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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It didn't sound like much, but it was a big idea. A very big idea.
It all started when Hart Evans zinged a rubber band that hit Mr. Meinert, the chorus director. Actually, it started before that, when Mr. Meinert learned he was out of a job because the town budget couldn't afford music and art teachers. Mr. Meinert got so mad at Hart that he told the sixth graders he'd had it -- they could produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It was all up to them.
What happens when a teacher steps aside and lets the kids run the show? Not what Mr. Meinert would have predicted. And not what Hart Evans would have guessed, not at all.
Out of chaos, infighting, compromise, idealism, and finally, a fragile peace, the sixth grade choral concert was born. And they called it Winterhope.
But would it be the last holiday concert of them all?
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Hart Evans is a popular student in elementary school. Will this hold over to Intermediate school as all sixth graders in Brentbury converge on Palmer Intermediate School. At the first assembly, Hart gets his first look at the entire class he will now be in. Can he make his mark here? Where will he fit in the 400 classmates? Hart sets out to be popular once more.
Hart’s least favorite class was chorus. He really wanted to play the drums in band; but they had too many applicants for all to be accepted. His recourse was chorus which could be a good class if not for the teacher, Mr. Meinert. Hart liked music and liked to sing; but he wanted to do it his way, not Mr. Meinert’s way. Now he gets his chance. Mr. Meinert gave the class control of the upcoming Christmas concert and the class elected Hart as director. Now if he could just get the class to cooperate!
As Hart works his way through the process of putting on a concert, his respect for Mr. Meinert is raised. He begins to learn the difference between being popular and instructing. He learns to work with others to get something accomplished. Will the concert be a success or a failure?
My thoughts on the book: It is interesting and funny. I liked the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Brittany, age 11, Raleigh, NC
By, Rachel L.
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