An enchanting novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters as they search for love, music, and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia. Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn't realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day-and night-of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she's determined to make her on-stage debut. On the same day, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who's just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever, unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it. Together, Madeleine, Sarina, and Lorca will discover life's endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. A vivacious, charming and moving debut, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.
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"Angela GoethalsÕs rich and resonant voice is perfectly suited to this stirring story about three characters and one important day in their lives. Nine-year-old Madeleine, who wants to be a jazz singer, is grieving for her late mother and her inability to connect with her depressed father. MadeleineÕs teacher, Sarina, is at cross-purposes with an ex-boyfriend of sorts but has hopes something may work out. And then thereÕs Lorca, who is doing his best to keep his jazz club afloat. Goethals delivers a range of voices for each characterÑdeftly showcasing their insecurities and attempts to move past them. GoethalsÕs narration draws out words or cuts them short emphatically to capture a sense of scat singing and create the moody elegance of The CatÕs PajamasÑthe jazz club where the stories of lost souls collide. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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