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The Sound of Letting Go

Stasia Ward Kehoe

Kehoe's second novel-in-verse (Audition 2011) evokes the conflicting emotions of 17-year-old Daisy Meehan. Her family teeters on the edge of collapse due to her often violent autistic younger brother Steven. Daisy, a jazz prodigy, has always been the responsible daughter and sister, but when her parents announce that they’re sending her brother to an institution, she is furious. Daisy quits jazz band, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave. The one person who confronts her is Cal O'Casey, a foreign exchange student who shares her passion for jazz and encourages Daisy not to forsake her talents.