National bestseller reworked for middle gradersAt the time of Ludwig van Beethovens death, it was a common practice to take a lock of hair from the deceased as a remembrance, a sacred remnant of the person who meant so much when alive One such lock of Beethovens hair survived through the years and eventually became the joint property of two men who, in , opened the sealed frame that encased the hair and began the process of unlocking the mysteries of Beethovens life, death, and possibly his geniusFollow the trail of Beethovens hair as it was passed on from the boy who cut it to his son and down through the years, as it was safeguarded from Nazi Germany and eventually sold at auction inThrough careful forensic testing, the hairs in the lock revealed the causes of Beethovens deafness and his many illnesses This fascinating story is not only a study of the secrets that forensics can reveal, but a moving history of many peoples devotion to Beethovens musicHusband and wife team Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley follow the success of Martins adult book, BEETHOVEN S HAIR, with this retelling for younger readers