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The Notes

April 30

Illustrated cover for The Notes. A Chinese American teenage girl has her back turned to the viewer as she looks over her left shoulder so her face is in profile. She has straight, dark brown hair that goes past her shoulder and has a thoughtful expression on her face. Behind her, a collage of handwritten notes in white, light purple, and cream form the silhouette of a person in profile but facing right in opposition to her. There are hand-drawn music notes scattered across the written notes. The Notes by Catherine Con Morse
Crown Books for Young Readers

Claire Wu isn’t sure that she has what it takes to become a successful concert pianist.

It’s the fear of every student at Greenwood School of Performing becoming a washed-out performer who couldn’t make it big. And Claire’s no Rocky Wong, the ace pianist at their boarding school.

Then Dr. Li shows up. She’s like no other teacher at mysterious, sophisticated, fascinating. Under Dr. Li’s tutelage, Claire works harder and dreams bigger than ever. And her crush Rocky finally seems interested. Maybe she’ll even be “Chinese enough” to join the elusive Asian Student Society.

Everything is falling into place until eerily personal notes about Claire’s bond with Dr. Li appear. Claire starts to feel the pressure. But she isn’t the only one. Everyone is feeling the strain. Especially Rocky, whose extreme perfectionism hides something more troubling.

As the Showcase tension crescendos, Claire must decide if she’s ready to sink or swim. She may discover who she really is as a Chinese American and learn if she’s ready to give her all for a shot at greatness.


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