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The Composer Is Dead
By Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Carson Ellis, music score by Nathaniel Stookey
Age 5-10 years

There's dreadful news from the symphony hall - the composer is dead!

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something.  Where exactly were the violins on the night in question?  Did anyone see the harp?  Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi and nearly everyone is a musical instrument.  But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself.  Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects.  Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony.  Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

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I heard the book and fell in love with it!
Linda B on Jul 26, 2013
I believe this book will help my students gain a better understanding of musical instruments as well as the role of the composer and conductor and musicians. Some of my students will attend a symphony performance this year. I purchased it for my 4th and 5th grade students.
Martha S on Nov 24, 2012

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