Music Boxes
by Tonja Drecker

Middle Grade Fantasy 

I only desire your talent...”

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after
moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a
teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.

When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who
offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In
exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight
shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box
with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame
Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the
truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

**Music Boxes was recommended by The Barnes & Noble Kids Blog as one of the 5
Spooky New Middle Grade Books for Campfire Chills!!**

**Now available in audiobook!!**

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Ebooks, Print and Audio
Like me, most of you probably read quite a few ebooks. And like me, most of you probably have your fair share of printed books laying around the house, on shelves, next to the bed or stacking up in some corner somewhere. I am a paper lover, but if I’m honest, I read more ebooks than print copies. That’s due to my lack of patience more than anything else. An ebook can be bought and placed on my e-reader almost instantly. The nearest bookstore is over an hour drive from my house. Unless you count Walmart (which is half an hour away), but I’m not counting them. That seems…hmmm…well, I just won’t. Then, there’s the third possibility—audio books. I haven’t gotten into these too much yet, although I’m working on it.
I’m a person who doesn’t like sitting around. I always need to do something ‘productive’ (even if this productivity only fits my very flexible definition). Running a small farm, there are many things to do which involve lots of hands-on work but not quite as much brain power. In other words, I can listen to amazing tales while fixing fences, stacking firewood, cleaning the barn, and driving the tractor. And I’m determined to make it work, too. I just need the right headphones (heavens, tractors are loud!) and devices (something small and without cords because those seriously get in the way.)  I’m still searching and am building my Christmas list.

While people argue that some formats are better than others, I’ve decided it’s more of a question of practicality. Print copies are comforting to hold, give a break from digital screens and satisfy with their flipping pages. Ebooks are simple, so light (can you imagine traveling with over 100 books in your carry-on?) and cheaper. Audio books bring a new sense, hearing, into play and free up the hands while resting the eyes. But one thing I’ve noticed—no matter what format I use, a good story always sweeps me away.

After finishing her BA in International Studies at the University of
Denver, Tonja Drecker spent many years in Europe devouring chocolate,
cheese and wine while investigating the birth places of myths,
legends and mysterious tales.

Currently residing somewhere in the back woods of the Ozarks, she writes away
while tending to chickens, cows and her family of six. Her stories
have been published in several collections and magazines including In
the Shadow of the Eagle's Eye in REAL GIRLS DON'T RUST (Spencer Hill
Press, 2013), A GLOWWORM (Black and White Publishing Company, 2017)
and Meringue, Murder and Marzipan in FULL DARK (Obsidian Books, 2017)
. She's an avid book reader, professional children's book reviewer,
outdoor addict and always in search of a new adventure (based in
reality, the imagination, or otherwise).

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