Monday, February 11, 2013

Grammy Awards!

The Grammy's were last night! To celebrate, here's a list of books about music.


Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Everyone's taken aback when Piper starts managing the band Dumb. Even if Piper weren't hearing impaired (which she is. Severely.) she's not the type of student one associates with managing a cool high school band. But, when she discovers that her parents have just spent her college fund to get cochlear implants for her baby sister, well, maybe this band thing will be a way to make some money.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going. Troy is about to step off the subway platform in front of an oncoming train when Curt stops him. Curt is everything Troy isn't-- Curt is painfully skinny, Troy is morbidly obese, Curt is cool, Troy is a loser... but for some reason, even though Troy hasn't played drums in years, Curt asks him to drum for his band. Both boys have their issues, but they also have the music.

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes. Five social outcasts stuck in detention sing along with a radio jingle and a band is formed. Finding strength and courage in each other, they take the high school by storm, musically and politically. Told in each of their voices, this is the true account of their rise to the top. Fans will want to check out the sequel, Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up.


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn. Wonder's sister Lucky was part of a pop trio about the make it really big before she suddenly died. Now it's Wonder's turn to take the radio waves by storm. But once she gets there, she finds that fame and stardom aren't what they're cracked up to be, and her sister had bigger secrets than she knew.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral. Glory is a piano prodigy known for mixing classical pieces with pop culture themes, motifs, and musical references. Frankie is the boy next door, whose family just moved from Argentina. Frankie is all Glory has outside of piano and her over-bearing father/teacher. Glory is all Frankie has in this country he hates and doesn't fit into. But soon, Glory is falling, all she can play are variations on the Chopsticks waltz over and over and over and over and over again, ruining sold out shows. But as she unravels, we start to see another side and have to wonder how much is true, or even real. Told almost entirely in photographs and almost wordless, it's a fast, but lingering, read.

Good Enough by Paula Yoo. Patti tries to be the Perfect Korean Daughter (PKD). She gets straight As, is active in her youth group, and is an amazing violinist-- her hook to get into HARVARDYALEPRINCETON. But then she meets Ben, aka Cute Trumpet Guy at her auditions for All-State Orchestra. Maybe there's more to life than being the PKD? Is there a way she can please her parents and still do what she wants?


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. Evan had to dumped, but it wasn't easy. But then Evan writes a song about it, and it's the song that makes his band go big, and Audrey is suddenly the most hated girl in America. Her cell phone was leaked, reporters don't understand sarcasm, and apparently her love life (and current lack thereof) is now a topic of national conversation.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. The plan has always been the same--Bev and Colby go on tour with Bev's band, and then spend the year after high school bumming around Europe. But then Bev announces that after the tour, she's going to college, leaving Colby stranded. He's still around for the tour though, and now their friendship is weird. Plus, it turns out that band... just isn't that good.

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. Carmen is on track to win the Guarneri competition. She's a violin virtuoso, but with an overbearing mother and under intense pressure, she now needs anti-anxiety drugs just to get through lessons, let alone performances. Then she meets her biggest competition, and he's definitely not what she needs, or possibly he's exactly what she needs.

What are your favorite books with music?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm stealing this as the basis for a display this month. I'm calling it March to the Beat of a Different Drum... because it's MARCH.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your lists!


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