Book recommendations

For readers who love music

The Quicksmiths books are bursting with wonderful and whimscial musical instruments – the Heartsichord which plays how an audience is feeling, the deadly glockenspiel which infuses its listeners with anger, and the Memoria Technica – the glass piano which plays Eartha Quicksmith’s secret 400-year-old messages in musical form.

If you love magical musical instruments and you haven’t read Ten Riddles or the other books in the series yet, you can find them on Amazon and at all good bookshops.

Are your readers musicians, or do they just love music? Try these other books with musical themes, to keep up a good tempo of reading. If you find this list useful, and want to get a copy of a recommended book, please consider purchasing on Bookshop.org. You can find lots more personal recommendations from Loris Own there, and it supports indie bookshops as well as her writing.

The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo

Peter, searching for his lost sister, encounters a fortune teller and a mysterious elephant, with a musical theme running throughout the tale.

The Clockwork Three, by Matthew J. Kirby

Features a street musician, a maid, and a clockmaker’s apprentice whose lives intertwine in this historical mystery.

Nightingale's Nest, by Nikki Loftin

A magical realism story where music plays a crucial role in the lives of the young protagonists.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright​

 Features a musically inclined cat in Victorian London.

Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty

Includes a character who uses a violin in key scenes, adding a musical element to this mystery.

The Sound of Stars, by Alechia Dow

Suited for slightly older kids, this book involves music as a form of rebellion in a dystopian world.

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