Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

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A young girl plays an instrument made out of recycled material

This non-fiction book tells the story of Ada Ríos, who grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chávez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada — and her town — forever changed. Now, the Recycled Orchestra plays venues around the world, spreading their message of hope and innovation. An author's note offers photos and more information about the Recyled Orchestra.