|aThe ballad of a broken nose |cArne Svingen ; translated by Kari Dickson.
|a1st Margaret K. McElderry Books pbk. ed.
|aNew York, N.Y. |bMargaret K. McElderry Books|c2017.
|a214 p. |c19 cm.
|aOriginally published in hardcover: 2016.
|aDespite his rough life, thirteen-year-old Bart is an eternal optimist. While his mother would like him to take up boxing as a way of defending himself, the shy, but talented boy would rather focus on opera. So when the pretty and popular Ada befriends him and supports his musical gift, he finds that facing your fears isn't so hard when your friends have your back.
From award-winning Norwegian author Arne Svingen comes "an uplifting coming-of-age story" (The Wall Street Journal) about a relentlessly positive teenager who uses his love of opera to cope with his less-than-perfect home life. Bart is an eternal optimist. At thirteen years old, he's had a hard life. But Bart knows that things won't get any better if you have a negative attitude. His mother has pushed him into boxing lessons so that Bart can protect himself, but Bart already has defense mechanisms: he is relentlessly positive...and he loves opera. Listening to--and singing--opera is Bart's greatest escape, but he's too shy to share this with anyone. Then popular Ada befriends him and encourages him to perform at the school talent show. Ada can't keep a secret to save her life, but Bart bonds with her anyway, and her openness helps him realize that his troubles are not burdens that he must bear alone. The Ballad of a Broken Nose is a sweet story about bravery, fear, bullying, sports, and music. But most of all it is about the important days of your life, days when everything seems to happen at once and nothing will ever be the same again.