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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: Music, relationships, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2010
Lexile Level: HL520L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
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Struggling at home and at school, Duncan decides to try out for a local rock band. He plays the bass in the school orchestra, but it is a long way from band camp to rock star. Joining a heavy-metal band, he tries to fit in, dumping his old friends and trying to walk the walk. When his dad's new girlfriend starts to teach him about real rock music and introduces him to her musician brother, Duncan discovers that there is more to being a guitar hero than playing in a heavy-metal band.

CM Magazine
"The author's own background as an organ player in a soul and rhythm-and-blues band gives this aspect of the novel originality and depth…Recommended."
TriState YA Book Review
"Will strike a chord with aspiring band members...The trials and tribulations of being in a rock band and deciding whether to keep old friends, no matter how geeky, is at the heart of this hi/lo novel. Realistic fiction at its best."
The Horn Book Guide
"The well-plotted story may appeal to reluctant readers."
"If you know a struggling reader who loves music and instruments, then this is the book for them!...This novel moves very quickly, which will keep young adults interested...[and] as Chamberlain did a great job capturing the teenage voice of his main character, Duncan, I believe young adults will be able to connect with Duncan and, hopefully, learn a valuable lesson about the dangers of changing solely for acceptance."


TriState YA Review Group Book of Note  | 2011 | Commended
ALA Popular Paperbacks  | 2012 | Long-listed


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