Four Winds Press (now Viking), 1980
Louie has always wanted a father, so he decides to set off in search of one. After looking high and low, Louie stumbles across a music box that has fallen off a junk collector’s truck. He tries to return the box to the truck driver, who angrily accuses him of being a crook. But when the driver hears the music box play beautifully for the boy, he gives it to him. And that is the beginning of the end of Louie’s search.