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The Squirrelly Nut Gig
By J. M. Kessler
Cover art by Sang Oh
Can a mistake be a success? Can a squirrel be the bee's knees? Can an unlikely appearance at a madcap jazz joint become the cat's meow?
When Davey Pinetail makes an embarrassing mistake at the school concert, and in front of the squirrel of his dreams, he wants nothing more to do with music or singing. Unfortunately, this is the year his parents are taking Davey and his sister to the Squirrelly Nut Gig, an annual jazz festival his parents have been enjoying for years. Unable to wriggle out of it, Davey finds himself in the middle of a nutty but totally hip jazz scene - until he winds up in the spotlight once again! Will he repeat his embarrassing mistake, or can he find a way to turn it on its tail?
A silly, lively romp with colorful characters, this fun, fast read will delight kids of all ages. In a nutshell, The Squirrelly Nut Gig is the cat's pajamas!
Includes a glossary of jazz-age terminology
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