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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 112
Themes: Internet bullying, rock and roll, social media, humor, YouTube, guitar, singing, romance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2013
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
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Following the demise of his first band, Ace has started a duo called Two with Lisa, a girl he has a huge crush on. As Ace and Lisa get serious about their music, Denny, Ace's hapless friend, tries to help out by filming their every move so that he can create the ultimate music video. As a joke, Denny puts together a Two video capturing all of the embarrassing moments—moments that Lisa in particular doesn't want shared. Somehow, the video gets posted on YouTube. Lisa and Ace find themselves starring in the latest comedic viral video. Lisa is humiliated and refuses to talk to Ace—until their fame turns out to have positive results.

Booklist Online - November 4, 2013
"This mild-mannered diversion goes down easy, with Ace learning a lesson about dignity—an important one in the social-media age."
Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"Staunton excels at portraying the lighter side of teenage situations...Ace's Basement is a safe place for any young teen."
CM Magazine - September 12, 2013
"Ace’s inner dialogue is superbly written, easy to relate to and likable as an accident-prone, self-doubting, sincere teen. Although brief, the novel manages to draw on issues of rivalry, popularity, the role of technology in bullying, teen romance, all the while maintaining a lighthearted and humorous tone...Staunton successfully portrays the struggles and humiliations of high school and the pressures of fitting in, succeeding, and seeking romance. Highly Recommended."

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