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Mystery of the Portuguese Waltzes, The (ebook)

Mystery of the Portuguese Waltzes, The (ebook)

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Tamara is struggling to find the confidence to play her accordion in front of an audience. She learns the tunes well enough, and can play them when she’s alone, but as soon as she tries to perform for others everything falls apart. One day her father encourages her to try playing for an elderly man in the seniors’ home where her grandmother lives. This man, Art Stoyles, is a legendary accordion player in her hometown of St. John’s, and is best known for a beautiful set of tunes called “The Portuguese Waltzes.” Inspired by Stoyles, and by the story of his musical friendship with a Portuguese sea captain, Tamara gains the confidence she needs to perform.

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Running the Goat


Richard Simas is a free-lance writer with a background in literature, music, and the performing arts. His publications appear in contemporary art and literary reviews in Europe and in North America. His work includes essays about exploring Portuguese immigrant heritage and the notion of (re)learning Portuguese from a diaspora perspective. The Mystery of the Portuguese Waltzes grows out of his research into these beautiful traditional tunes. It is his first book for young readers. He lives in Montreal.

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