Lady Octavia’s is not your average music school. At this academy, students are expected to master dangerous weapon-instrument hybrids, and Pitch’s mother, the late Sonata Remington, was the best drum major the school has ever known.
Twelve-year-old Pitch dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps. But when a competition for first chair threatens her place at the academy, Pitch must unravel the mysteries of her mother’s past to master the secrets hidden within her piccolo. The more Pitch investigates, the more she realizes that sinister forces haunt Lady Octavia’s halls, and Sonata might not have been a hero after all.
THE IRON TRIAL and THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL—with a marching band twist
Standing at the edge of the platform, Pitch’s dad handed her the new piccolo. The instrument gleamed in its golden case—silver keys against a night-black body, the word BETA scrawled across the sliding joint in big block letters. It was unreal. Pitch had never seen an instrument this fancy. She glanced from the piccolo to her father.
“For me?” she asked with a point to her chest.
He grinned and nodded.
Pitch bit her fist and took a step away. How did her dad get his hands on a Beta instrument? They were pricey and hard to come by in their tiny farming town. The nearest music shop was over an hour away, and her dad was pretty useless without an interpreter. It had to be a fake.
Pitch glanced back at the sparkling instrument. It sure didn’t look fake.
She took the piccolo and slid it carefully into the pocket of her hoodie. “Where did you even get the money for this?” she signed.
His hands moved stiffly and Pitch felt a lump form in her throat. “It was your mother’s.”