Another Band's Treasure
A Story of Recycled Instruments
In a small village in Paraguay, Diego dreams of giving music lessons to the children he sees each day. The only problem: there aren’t enough instruments to go around.
But when he and Nicolas, a carpenter, look to a nearby landfill, they see instruments in the making. Soon, a paint can, a wooden plank, and a faucet knob become the start of a violin—and their recycled instruments give the kids in town new ways to express themselves.
Inspired by the true story of La Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados de Cateura, Hua Lin Xie’s first graphic novel is a big-hearted ode to the power of music.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Category||Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||128|
Author, Illustrator: Hua Lin Xie
Hua Lin Xie studied art and animation in Beijing, China, for four years before continuing her studies at the Émile Cohl School in Lyon, France, where she currently resides. Another Band's Treasure: A Story of Recycled Instruments (first published by Steinkis as Sous les déchets . . . la musique) is her first graphic novel.
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“The illustrations emote feelings of despair into hope and then excitement as the story is depicted. This engaging book can begin a project on creating musical instruments or other items from discarded materials. Reviewer Rating: 4” —Children’s Literature
“Xie’s soft, sketchy artwork nicely captures the atmosphere of the town, and a pop of color for the first homemade instrument emphasizes how life changing it is. A truly inspiring tale, perfect for middle-grade readers.”—Booklist
“[I]nfused with optimism. . . . A gentle reminder of music’s might.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rough-hewn b&w illustrations and lean text convey a linear story that prioritizes a collective journey over individual character arcs. By rendering the recycled instruments in full color, Xie adds a welcome burst of verve while spotlighting the story’s unique hook.”—Publishers Weekly