Music for the End of Time
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Music for the End of Time
(nonfiction picture book)
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Beth Peck
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005
ISBN 978-0802852298

Detained in a German prison camp, Olivier misses his family, his friends, and his home — but most of all he misses music. A chance encounter with a nightingale and a German officer, however, provides Olivier with a small miracle — the opportunity to write music again.

Jen Bryant’s poetic biography of French composer Olivier Messiaen, coupled with Beth Peck’s evocative pastel illustrations, captures both the desolation of a World War II prison camp and the transforming power of music. This book will stir readers of all ages to seek hope in the things that inspire them.

Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year, 2006
Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBC Choices List, 2006
Society of Illustrators "The Original Art" Annual Exhibition, 2006

Discussion Guide
Available for download on Eerdmanns' website

Enjoy this interview with Jen by Shanetia Clark from Penn State U.

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