When her piano teacher discovers she's been missing classes, Ailsa is keen to make amends.
Overwhelmed by both the atmosphere and the other confident students at the Academy of Music, Ailsa has not been attending her Saturday classes.
But when the people at the orphanage find out and tell her beloved music teacher she is desperate to make amends.
Maureen Beattie reads Alison Gangel's vibrant memoir.
Producer: Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.