Oscar Lives Next Door: 08/14/18
Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer and illustrated by Marie Lafrance is a picture book from the point of view of the girl who lives next door to future jazz musician Oscar Peterson. Oscar plays music late at night when her Pullman Porter father needs to sleep. Although her father hates the crazy jazz coming from next door, the girl loves it.
The picture book has three parts: the introduction to Oscar and his music, Oscar's illness with TB, and Oscar's return home and how he adapts to having scarred lungs.
His childhood trumpet playing was cut short by TB. Fortunately Oscar survived but his lungs just weren't strong enough to keep blowing his trumpet like he used to. He finds a new voice through the piano.
There's an afterword with a short biography on the musician and a description of the Montreal neighborhood then known as St. Henri, and now known as Little Burgundy.