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Beginners Welcome Annie Lee S Daddy Won T Stop Leaving His Record Player On His Whiskers Are In The Sink Every Morning And He Always Keeps The TV Turned To Duke Basketball Except Annie Lee S Daddy Died Eighty Three Days Ago Annie Lee Doesn T Like The Word Ghost, But Whatever Is Going On Isn T Making Things Easier For Her And Mama It Doesn T Help That Mama Works Around The Clock, Barely Making Ends Meet, And Annie Lee S Best Friends Ditched Her Over The Summer She S Starting Middle School Without A Soul To Sit By At Lunch Until She Meets Tough Skater Girl Mitch Mitch Might Need A Friend As Badly As She Does, But After Losing So Much, Annie Lee Can T Handle The Possibility That Another Person Might Leave HerWhen Annie Lee Sneaks Out One Afternoon While Mama S At Work And Rides Her Scooter Downtown, She Meets Ray, An Elderly Pianist Whose Music Is Pure Magic Ray Sees Right Through Her Imaginary Invisibility Cloak, And When Annie Lee Begs For Piano Lessons, He Agrees To Teach Her And Convinces Her It S Worth Letting People Into Her HeartBut After Ray Goes Missing, Finding Him Means Breaking A Promise To Mitch Faced With Once Again Losing The People That Mean The Most To Her, Annie Lee Will Have To Make A Choice Hide Under The Invisibility Cloak That S Been Keeping Her Safe, Or Risk Admitting How Much She Needs Mitch And Ray, Even If It Means She Might Get Hurt

!!> PDF / Epub ✅ Beginners Welcome  ❤ Author Cindy  Baldwin – Pocket-bikes.us
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Beginners Welcome
  • Cindy Baldwin
  • English
  • 08 February 2019
  • 9780062665911

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  1. says:

    Subtly magical, and full of so many other good things music, dogs, the satisfaction of watching an egg go SPLAT on the sidewalk I loved Annie Lee, her parents, her friends, and the life she was trying to find for herself after the huge loss she had suffered I know this will sound weird, but for a book where music plays such a huge part, the book felt very quiet to me Annie Lee tries to be invisible, her mother, her friend Mitch, and others around her are quiet people as well And because their voices are so quiet, it lets you hear the music around them This is truly a beautiful and heartfelt story about friendship, loss, and opening your heart.


  2. says:

    I am so excited to share BEGINNERS WELCOME with the world in just a few months I figured I d use this space to share a little about the book Although it is unrelated to WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, I m hoping that readers who enjoyed that one will love BEGINNERS WELCOME, too You ll recognize some of the same things a preteen girl dealing with a heavy problem, a complex mother daughter relationship, a magic infused contemporary setting, and a plotline that has a lot to do with the heroine learning the strength of the community and found family around her.BEGINNERS WELCOME actually takes place in my hometown, Durham NC Many of the places described in the novel like Brightleaf Square Mall or the Maplewood Cemetery are real Durham locations Although the piano that s a focal point in the story isn t there any, when I was growing up there was usually a grand piano near El Rodeo restaurant in the mall, and that s what Annie Lee s piano is based on Like Annie Lee, I spent quite a bit of time playing music in Brightleaf Square, thanks to my violin teacher, who often would gather several students to give a Christmas recital to passers by.If you like melancholy ghost stories, books about sad girls learning to be happy, or WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, I hope you ll love BEGINNERS WELCOME as much as I do


  3. says:

    Thank you to the author for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.Annie Lee s dad died suddenly over the summer, and her world is upended Her dad was the fun parent, the parent with whom she could talk and laugh, the parent she felt most herself with With her mom suffering through the depths of grief, worrying about finances, and working around the clock, Annie Lee finds herself a relatively peaceful place listening to an older man play piano at the mall When she hears him play, she can see the music, and she loses herself in the magic of it Knowing her father always wanted her to learn to play, Annie Lee decides to continue his legacy through piano lessons.I loved this book for its beauty, but its ugliness too When Annie Lee silently wishes it had been her mom who died, instead of her dad, it feels so real The anger that Annie Lee directs at her mom is rough to witness, but man, I could see my twelve year old self feeling exactly that way not about my mom specifically, but in the general wishing it had been anyone other than who it was Cindy Baldwin has such a way with finding those raw and ugly thoughts, but the text also exudes forgiveness to the protagonist I can t help but think of the students who might feel some relief at seeing a character on a page have these bouts of sadness, anger, and harsh thoughts about people they love Isn t that what adolescence is This book is about grief It s also about family and opening yourself to new things and people who can bring you some joy But mostly its the story of being willing to find yourself, and love yourself, in your toughest times.Highly recommend to kids in grade 5 and up.


  4. says:

    A beautiful, moving story about people learning to be brave through difficult things Would absolutely recommend to anybody and everybody.


  5. says:

    Thank you to the author and Harper Collins Children s for sharing an ARC with our bookexpedition group Annie Lee misses her daddy It s been eighty three days since he suddenly passed away, but the apartment where she and her mama live is full of his presence The smell of his aftershave and hairs in the bathroom sink and the CD player and TV turning on by themselves to play his favorite song show are all constant reminders of the void she and her mama feel With her mama working full time Annie Lee needs something and someone to help her with the loneliness that surrounds her But she s afraid of letting down her invisibility cloak and letting others get close to her again At her new school she meets Mitch, tough and confident despite being new, too Annie Lee also meets Ray, an older pianist who plays at the local mall and gives her lessons When something happens to Ray, Annie Lee must make a choice that may cost her her new friendship With themes of hope, healing, and the strength of a community, this novel will be a middle grade reader favorite Publishes 2 11 20 Be sure to preorder


  6. says:

    Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book for bookportage.Fans of WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW will not be disappointed with Cindy Baldwin s upcoming middle grade read, BEGINNERS WELCOME release date Feb 2020 Cindy writes with the same emotionality that strongly connects the reader to her story and characters, but tells the story of Annie Lee and her experience moving forward after losing her dad a few months ago.Annie Lee and her mom are still reeling from the unexpected death of her father, but also have his ghost to contend with in their home Financial problems and long work hours for her mom have left Annie Lee to figure out how to cope without her dad all by herself She befriends a girl named Mitch, but struggles to open her heart again Then she meets an elderly piano player named Ray, whom she begs to teach her how to play with the magic she sees when he plays Slowly, Annie Lee starts to find a way out of her own grief, until Ray goes missing and she has to decide how brave she is, and what she s willing to risk, to find him.We talk a lot about the need for sad books for middle graders, and this is a prime example of a book centered on loss, but also the hope that slowly blooms in the midst of it Annie Lee s gentle awakening to light in the world beyond her darkness is beautiful, and I love the characters like Ray, Queenie, and Mitch who walk along that journey beside her Although Annie Lee s mom is isolated by her grief, we also see her grow and become a support to Annie Lee, too This is the type of book that quietly has so much to say that it begs to be read again and again I think many young readers will be drawn to Annie Lee s story, and I recommend adding it to your collection in February.


  7. says:

    Thanks to cindybaldwinbooks and kidlitexchange for this free copy BEGINNERS WELCOME is out 2 11 20 pre order now 5 Sometimes love meant holding on But sometimes it meant letting go Annie Lee and her mother are on the edge of poverty and despair since her father died suddenly almost three months ago Her father s spirit is lingering in their home in the form of stubble in the sink each morning, smells in the kitchen, the TV turning on randomly and Annie Lee and her mother are stuck in the past and no one can move on When Annie Lee meets an older gentleman with a gift for making music that feels like healing, she starts taking piano lessons from him Today my fingers didn t slip or trip or clump like elephants Today, they spoke all those words my heart could never figure out how to give voice to I can t overstate the importance of sad books that address difficult situations like losing a parent The language in this one is just gorgeous, too I kept pausing to reread and savor the words Where the Watermelons Grow is very popular in my library this year so I ll be buying this one for sure middleschoollibrarian middleschoollibrary library librarian futurereadylibs iteachlibrary bookstagrammer bookstagram librariesofinstagram librariansofinstagram librariesfollowlibraries librarylife librarianlife schoollibrarian middlegrade middlegradebooks iteach librarylove booksbooksbooks amreading bibliophile schoollibrariansrock bookreview bookrecommendation igreads malibrary msla mediaspecialist


  8. says:

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusAnnie Lee was very close to her father, so she is still reeling from his recent death It doesn t help that odd things are happening, like whiskers left in the sink or radios that suddenly play his music, that make Annie and her mother feel like his ghost is still with them It also doesn t help that his life insurance hasn t come through, and the two are struggling to get by on the mother s salary cleaning houses Annie must stay by herself in the afternoons, and she is supposed to stay in the apartment, but she scooters around the town, eventually running into Ray, who plays piano He offers to give her lessons, and the local beauty salon owner, Queenie, whose presence seems to give Annie a lot of solace There is a piano competition offering cash prizes, and since it states beginners welcome , Annie thinks it might be a way to help her and her mother She makes some progress, but when Ray doesn t show up for a few days, she becomes concerned It s a good thing she does, even though she gets in trouble when her mother finds out what she has been up to, but being part of a larger community helps both her and her mother navigate their new reality.Strengths This reminded me a little of Constance Greene s A Girl Called Al, in that it is sad but sweet Annie and her mother struggle with putting food on the table and clothes on their backs, and there are not a whole lot of books although there are a growing number of books that show this reality While both are grieving, the mother is doing her best to keep going, and Annie s forays into town also show a good way of coping Weaknesses I never got a good feel for what was going on with the ghost of the father were both Annie and her mother imagining it What I really think This is a slow paced book, and the cover is not very appealing, so I am debating purchase There are a lot of books being published about people dealing with grief, and I only need so many in my library collection.


  9. says:

    Absolutely lovely.


  10. says:

    Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book for bookportage I was thrilled to read Beginner s Welcome after reading Where the Watermelons Grow Once again, Cindy Baldwin tackles a tough emotional topic about a young girl who is left to fend for herself and learn how to cope Annie Lee is a young girl who loves her father and his sense of fun, and while she gets along with her mother, she connects with her dad When she loses her father suddenly, her world is turned upside down Her mother now has to work constantly to try and make ends meet, as they await fingers crossed for a life insurance settlement On top of all of that it, both Annie Lee and her mother are dealing with strange happenings in their apartment all related to her dad, shaving cream in the sink every morning, and her father s favourite records suddenly playing on an unplugged record player Her mother is not coping spending most of her time crying and Annie Lee is left to deal with her grief on her own With her mother away working, and Annie Lee left alone, Annie Lee manages to become friends with Mitch, a confident tough skateboarder after her friendship with her two best friends has become awkward Despite being friends with Mitch, she is careful not to open up too much so she cannot be hurt again When she comes home after school, Annie Lee has been told to stay in the apartment so her mother won t worry, but Annie Lee gets stir crazy and starts leaving the apartment, scootering to a local mall She becomes familiar with the local shops and merchants, in particular, Queenie the warm hearted hairdresser and Ray an older gentleman who plays the piano in the mall entertaining the shoppers After a few awkward encounters with Ray, Annie Lee gets brave enough to ask him to give her lessons and Ray agrees Annie Lee now has to keep her lessons a secret from her mom and keep the fact that her mom isn t aware she is coming to the mall for from Queenie and Ray adding to her stress.When Ray doesn t show up for her lessons, Annie Lee has to make a choice that could endanger her friendship with Mitch and have all the lies and sneaking out to the mall come out Once again Cindy Baldwin has made brought us into a world with characters that we know is sadly realistic We care deeply for Annie Lee and the individuals she meets and becomes connected to hoping that together they can help Annie Lee move forward The strained relationship with her mother will also connect with many readers and provide hope as they struggle to become a family missing a vital member of their family This is a story that opens doors for discussions at home and in schools about death, grieving, family and new beginnings Be sure to pre order, out in January 2020.

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