Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

by M. T. Anderson

National Book Award, 2015 Finalist, Young People’s Literature
Dmitri Shostakovich composed Leningrad after Nazi forces surrounded the city. The symphony rallied his fellow citizens when it was performed in 1942—during one the longest and harshest sieges in history. Author’s note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763668181

JLG Release: November 2015

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May 2016

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History - High

Grades 10 & Up


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    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


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    6" x 9"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 7.9, Points: 18

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 8.4, Points: 24


    Level: 990L

    Awards & Honors

    National Book Award, 2015 Finalist, Young People’s Literature
    Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2015, Young Adult
    Booklist 2015 Top 10 Books for Youth, Arts
    SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Nonfiction
    The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2015, Young Adult
    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Teen
    Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015
    Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015, Nonfiction, Older Readers
    New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2015
    2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Honor Book
    Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice 2015 (Booklist)
    2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 9–12
    2016 CCBC Choices–Historical People, Places, and Events
    2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Nonfiction
    2016 Indies Choice Book of the Year, Young Adult
    Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Biographies
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education, 2016 Best Children’s Books of the Year, History
    2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, Nonfiction



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    Anderson skillfully interweaves details from Shostakovich’s life into pivotal historical moments, particularly Russia’s role in WWII, brilliantly elucidating some of the more puzzling parts of Russian history.—Booklist

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