Battle of the Bands

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hi-lo, high interest, low reading level, reading strategies, reluctant readers
  • Pub Date:09/01/2006
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:2.9
  • Lexile:HL630L
  • ATOS:3.6
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band who are convinced they are on their way up. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Jay is struggling to write new material but finds he lacks the experience to come up with a truly original song. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed right before the contest The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.

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"It's powerful and attention grabbing, telling a fascinating story of love, life, and music. The characters are wonderful."
– Teen Book Review
"In her first novel, K.L. Denman has created engaging and realistic characters. Recommended."
– Canadian Book Review Annual
"Filled with humour, first crushes and break-ups...Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"The short chapter and fast-paced, rock-themed action will appeal to reluctant and struggling readers."
– School Library Journal
YALSA Quick Picks   | 2007  |  Long-listed
CCBC Our Choice   | 2007  |  Commended