Individual Author Record
Baron lives in Oak Park.
Biographical and Professional Information
Kathi Baron was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, grew up in Orrville, Ohio and now resides in Oak Park, Illinois. She earned a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, a MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University.
Shattered, WestSide Books, 2009
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WestSide Books. 2009
Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter. She later learns that her father, a former violinist, was physically beaten as a child by her grandfather, a painful secret he's kept hidden from his family, and the cause of his violent outbursts. With all of their lives shattered in some way, Cassie's family must struggle to repair their broken relationships. As Cassie moves forward, she ultimately finds a way to help others, having developed compassion through her own painful experiences. Written in lyrical prose, Shattered tells the moving story of how one girl finds inner strength through music.