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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reissue edition (10 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312367457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312367459
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sep 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is one of my favorites. Although it can be somewhat heavy-handed and philosophical at times, I love the fresh tone, believable plot and characters, and truly moving quality of the book. As a young musician and music lover, I found much to relate to in the story, but music is only one of the many themes contained within it and I think everyone will be able to find something to relate to. Although a children's book, The Mozart Season reminded me more of an adult novel in its insights and stlye, and I think all ages could benefit from reading it. The protagonist, Allegra, is a wonderful heroine, and among the issues she tackles are growing up, cultural heritage, interactions between young and old, overcoming the challenge of a musical competition, family relations, friendship, and empathy toward others. This is a wonderful, realistic, and well-written book that truly surpasses its genre.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring 12 Mar 2002
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We picked The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff at my mother-daughter book discussion group kind of blindly. Someone had heard good things about it, and we decided to read it. From the moment I read the first sentence, I knew I was going to love this book.
The Mozart Season tells the incredible story of Allegra Shapiro, a twelve-year-old violinist. Her mother plays violin in the Symphony, and her father is an accomplished cellist. Naturally, Allegra picks up her parents' love for music. And she is quite good. She is picked to play Mozart's fourth concerto for violin at the Bloch Competition for young violinists in Oregon. The main plot of the story revolves around Allegra's struggles to master the piece before the Labor Day competition.
But this book is so much more. It also tells of Deirdre, a wonderful but troubled singer who happens to be a friend of Mrs. Shapiro. It talks about Mr. Trouble, a mentally retarded man who is searching for his lost song. It tells of Allegra's struggles to cope with the horror of her great-grandmother's death. But most of all, The Mozart Season tells about Allegra. Allegra's triumphs, Allegra's failures. Allegra's laughs and her tears. And Allegra is one of the most inspiring people I have ever read about.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
PLeAse rEaD mY ReVIeW 27 Nov 1998
By AltoidTin@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Uh-huh . . . I don't CARE what anyone else says about this book. This is a book that belongs on your bookshelf. Actually, it shouldn't even be on your bookshelf. It should be by your bed (or where ever you keep books that you read all the time) and not sit in one place long enough to gather dust. I mean it. IT IS NOT BORING, unless you happen to be one of those blond cheerleaders (if so, you have my utmost and deepest sympathy) who is either illiterate or just can't comprehend such a concept as hard work and hard thinking. The Mozart Season is not only funny . . . it's real, smart, and um . . . soulfully staggering. It is definitely on my all-time-top-ten-books-list. You may not want to buy it just right now. Go to your library (you know, that building with all the shelves and shelves of books) and check it out. After you read it a few times, you may just happen to find some meaning in it. Try it . . . please. It is a good book, I promise.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent. 19 July 2002
By Smitha Prasadh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book in middle school, just a year or two after starting to play the violin. (I believe the version I have is out of print now; it's the beige cover with a painted portrait of Allegra playing the violin.) I'm several years into college now and still adore this book. It's not just aimed for a younger audience--it's a very well-written book that anybody, especially music-lovers and musicians (but most especially violinists and string players), can enjoy and get something out of. Each time I reread it, it still manages to surprise me and make me smile--Wolff's writing is incredibly intricate and precise, and she brings Allegra's world to life--there's much more to this book than just music, but it's amazing how wonderfully it all ties together. I highly recommend this book to anybody who's interested--this is definitely one of my favorite books that I've come across.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing Surprise!! 18 Jan 2013
By christitunes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At 42 years old, I still feel that some of the best books written are for young adults, and "The Mozart Season" certainly fits.

On a personal note, two of the coolest things about this book are 1)It is about an amazingly talented 12-year-old violinist; when my own mother was 12, she was also quite advanced as a violinist. 2)It is set in Portland, OR, where I happen to live, and its tone catches Portland's "weirdness" very well. I saw this book (this is SO sad!!!!) at the dollar store and gave it to my mom for Christmas. She read it in a day, just loved it, and said I would too.

I will spare the synopsis as there are already plenty written here. What I will say is that this novel is such a refreshing break from so many of the action-packed, life or death books that are very commonplace these days; don't get me wrong, I loved the "Hunger Games" series; still, it is an absolute delight to read an author with such diverse and believable characters and voices. One example occurs early in the book: when deciding which of two Mozart concertos to learn, Allegra spins her violin bow like one spins a tennis racket to decide which one: typical 12-year-old behavior, yeah? What's more, she goes on to describe her parents' and teacher's age-appropriate reactions as well: "When Mr. Kaplan and my parents found out I'd treated my bow With Such Astonishing Disrespect, they got very alarmed about it."

When I read, that sort of thing never fails to tickle me.

I understand some reviews that state this book is slow-moving, and comparatively, it probably is. The main conflict is certainly not blatantly life or death, or protagonist versus [insert Generic Childhood Trauma or similar Past Life Event here]; however, it does speak to all of us who have taken on life's "everyday" challenges. It will especially appeal to those who have studied music and can relate to the hard work it demands.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a favorite book!!!! 2 July 1998
By S. Cammer - Published on Amazon.com
Allegra Schapiro is the youngest person to be a finalist in a youth violin competition. She spends her summer practicing Mozart's fourth violin concerto, playing in her orchestra, searching for a lost song, and turning pages for other misicians. Getting to know the concerto leads her to thinking about herself. She wonders about religion, her history, why people do certain little things, how can she make the concerto hers? Allegra is a girl you will love, and the people she knows and meets make her summer even more interesting. This is a must read!
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