Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella By Cerrie Burnell, Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
 
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Once there was a girl named Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain, and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.

Harper lives in the City of Clouds, an enchanting place where it rains every day and an umbrella is always a good idea. With her Aunt Sassy, her beloved cat, Midnight, and all of her neighbors in the Tall Apartment Block, every day is full of possibility.

But when every cat in the city goes missing—including Midnight—Harper is determined to find all of the precious pets. And she’ll need a magic, flying umbrella to help in her search. Recruiting friends from her building to help, the magic umbrella whisks them into the sky on the trail of the cats and adventure.

They stumble on the Midnight Orchestra—tabbies on triangle, Siamese singing, Persians on piccolo—all under the direction of its fearsome, wild conductor. But can the group use their talents, quick thinking, musical skill, and a little magic to stage a rescue like no other?

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a spellbinding tale of friendship, music, and magic featuring a diverse cast, brought to life through stunning illustrations. A perfect book to be shared and treasured.
TitleHarper and the Scarlet Umbrella
AuthorBy Cerrie Burnell, Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published21 March 2017
FormatHardback
ISBN-139781510715660
Pages128
Dimensions5.38 x 8.00in.
IllustrationsB&W illustrations throughout.
“A wonderful introduction to chapter books, filled with fun illustrations, young readers . . . will enjoy following Harper as she finds adventure at every turn.”—Calgary Herald

“In this lyrical, action-packed fantasy, Harper is allowed to use her aunt’s Scarlet Umbrella and later discovers that her cat is missing. The Scarlet Umbrella has magical powers; it leads her to the homes of others who are missing cats. As Harper works with her friends to find the felines and bring them home, they observe new strengths in one another. Dreamy Liesel, ‘with tangled, blonde hair and filthy nails,’ implements plans of action with impressive leadership skills. Liesel's poetic brother, Ferdie, is strong and courageous. Nate, who is visually impaired, assists with his ability to hear incredibly soft sounds and maneuver in the darkness. The kids meet and confront the Wild Conductor, who has enchanted the cats. A chase ensues, with Harper and Nate flying across town in the magical Umbrella. Harper uses her musical gifts to lure the cats back with ‘a song of stars and mist and hope. A song that spread across the sky, as if it came from the heavens.’ The kids successfully battle the Wild Conductor and bring the cats home. Line drawings throughout depict the smartly dressed and messy characters. Ample action keeps the story accessible for beginning chapter book readers. Originally published in the United Kingdom, this lively tale is sure to win fans in the United States, from cat lovers to music aficionados to fantasy fans. VERDICT: A winning tale of teamwork and artistry. A solid purchase for most chapter book collections.” –School Library Journal

“This lushly-written, enchanting salute to magic, music and adventure is so intriguing that even this confirmed dog lover was rooting for Harper to be reunited with her beloved cat. I suspect readers of Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella will be left thinking about their own umbrellas in a whole new way.” –Nancy Krulik, New York Times bestselling author of Katie Kazoo and Project Droid

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a magical, musical tale that sings with whimsy and charm! There’s not a wrong note to be found in this boisterous adventure, as children save the day as only children can. Fantastical, effervescent, and fun!” –Micol Ostow, author of the Louise Trapeze series
ISBNs: 9781510715660 978-1-5107-1566-0 Title: harper and the scarlet umbrella category:JUV ISBNs: 9781510715684 978-1-5107-1568-4 Title: harper and the scarlet umbrella category:JUV 
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