School is out and softball season is over and 12-year-old Allegra Leah Shapiro is looking forward to a pleasant summer doing kid things. Then comes a surprise. Mr. Kaplan, Allegra’s violin teacher, tells her she is a finalist in the fictional Ernest Bloch Competition for Young Musicians of Oregon. She’ll compete on Labor Day. ”This is the Mozart season,” Mr. Kap-lan says. So much for kid things.
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