Befiddled by Pedro de Alcantara.
Delacorte Press/Random House, Inc: NY, 2005.

Becky works hard at playing the violin, but when she plays for her teacher, it is always miserable. The handyman for her apartment offers her pointers and life lessons in exchange for friendship and pride in her accomplishments. He teaches her to relax and play with her heart. He suggests entering a competition for the local school of music, and that becomes her one chance of continuing with the violin. Her irritated, overworked mother is ready to end her lessons and stop paying for violin rental. Her younger brother captures it all in his monthly newsletter.

Becky learns lessons which improve her depressing life. Confidence is what she lacks most. There are some inspirational moments with the handyman, and the newsletter in each chapter adds comic relief.

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