Playing the piano requires sensitive fingers – which describes exactly how this teenage book is written. It is delicate, full of ‘heart’, balanced. A genuine pleasure to read. Helen and her family live in a world we all know, with a constant shortage of money. Music offers an escape magic – but Madame Pandora, the piano teacher, takes no nonsense from anyone. Plenty of twists and surprises make the plot eminently gulp-worthy. When so much teenage writing involves power and bullying, Hearing Helen provides flowing harmony – eventually.