The Piano

By William Miller
Illustrated by Susan Keeter

Paperback: $9.95

Tia loves music. She walks the summer streets searching for new sounds and different kinds of music that will transport her from the hot, dry town where she lives to imaginary places filled with castles, mountains, and deep snow.

One day, Tia wanders into the white section of town. Soon she is transfixed by a wonderful melody that drifts towards her from one of the houses. Without thinking, Tia accepts a maid's job from Miss Hartwell, the woman who lives there, just so she can hear more of the music.

The Piano is an uplifting story of caring, friendship, and the connections that can develop between people, no matter how different their ages and backgrounds.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb William Miller - Author

is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for LEE & LOW. Mr. Miller lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches African American literature and creative writing at York College.

Thumb_thumb Susan Keeter

studied fine art and illustration at Syracuse University. Her paintings have appeared in children's magazines and she has illustrated several books and stories for educational publishers. Ms. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband and their daughter. The Piano is her first book for Lee & Low.

About This Title


Paperback: 9781584302421

Hardcover: 9781880000984


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Book Links

Author Award for Juvenile/Young Adult
Alabama Library Association

Honor Book - Grade K-6 Social Studies
Society of School Librarians International

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 4

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 2


Overcoming Obstacles, Music, Mentors, History, Friendship, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Civil Rights Movement, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Collaboration, Courage, Pride

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