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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Nashville, music industry, singer-songwriter, guitar, independence, justice, friendship, ambition
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2015
Fry Reading Level: 5.5
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Webb believes that if you want to reach your dreams, you have to live life loud. Bring the roof down. Rock the boat. Make sure that when you look back, you have no regrets. But when a shady music producer steals one of Webb’s songs, Webb finds out how hard it is for a kid on his own in Nashville to get justice. With the help of an unlikely ally, Webb discovers that he has what it takes to succeed: talent, determination and some good friends.

Kirkus Reviews
"Brouwer keeps both chapters and book as short as possible; despite this, his characters shine as individuals, and clearly he has done his research on the dangers the music world poses for new talent...A quick read for music lovers."
CM Magazine
"A fast-moving, easy and enjoyable reading experience that will appeal to many readers. The vocabulary is at-level, but the quick pace and shorter chapters will appeal to reluctant readers who will have a sense of accomplishment when they finish this book...Readers will be cheering for Dean's demise, and they won't be left disappointed in the end."
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"A quick, easy and compelling narrative appealing to both genders. Although it is aimed at eleven to fourteen-year-olds, the simple vocabulary, short sentences and brief chapters make it accessible to much younger readers."
School Library Journal
"Will hook readers from the first chapter...True to life and easy to grasp...A suspenseful plot, fascinating details, and a likable protagonist make this title a wonderful addition to hi-lo collections."
School Library Connection
"Webb is a likeable character and readers will be rooting for him to find justice. There is much to appeal to young singers and songwriters in this book, particularly those who play guitar. There is a web page about Jim Webb and his music, as well as a YouTube video of the title song. These features are solid tools for pulling in reluctant readers. Webb is also a character in two previous novels by Brouwer; many readers will like him enough to want to read more about his backstory."

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Performing art novels
for ages 11–14

Key Features:

Aimed at middle-school students with an interest in the performing arts.

Topics include music, dance, theater, the circus and magic.

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