Hey guys! Bloomsbury USA sent me an ARC (advance
reading copy) of Children of the Stone:
The Power of Music in a Hard Land by Sandy Tolan. The book won’t be
released in stores until April 2015 and one lucky Chunkster participant can win
of the Stone is the unlikely story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a kid from a
Palestinian refugee camp who confronts an occupying army, gets an education,
masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then,
through his charisma and persistence, inspires scores of others to work with
him to make that dream real. That dream: a music school in the midst of a refugee
camp, a school to transform the lives of thousands of children-as Ramzi's life
was transformed-through music.
Barenboim, the Israeli musician and music director of La Scala in Milan and the
Berlin Opera, is among those who help Ramzi realize his dream. He has played
with Ramzi frequently–at chamber music concerts in Al-Kamandjati, the school
Ramzi worked so hard to build, and in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra that
Barenboim founded with the late Palestinian intellectual, Edward Said.
is a story about music, first, but also about freedom and conflict;
determination and vision. It's a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and
military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the past and
future of musical collaboration across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and the
potential of music to help children see new possibilities for their lives.
Above all, Children of the Stone chronicles the journey of one man, Ramzi
Aburedwan, and how he and his cohorts navigated against the odds to create
something lasting and beautiful in a war-torn land.
To win this copy, you HAVE to be a Chunkster Challenge 2015 participant and live in the United States. Leave a
comment below to enter the contest. You don’t have to leave your email address
if it’s on your Blogger profile. I’ll randomly choose the winner on Saturday,
January 31, 2015. The winner has 24 hours to contact me with their mailing
information. If I do hear from the winner within that time, another winner will
This contest is now closed! Congratulations to Joy! Stay tuned for the next giveaway!