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Orca Soundings
Rock Star
By (author): Adrian Chamberlain
9781554692354 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music Vancouver Island Mar 01, 2010
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
TriState YA Review Group Book of Note 2011, Commended ALA Popular Paperbacks 2012, Long-listed
The jump from school band to rock band is a tough one. Does Duncan have what it takes?

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.

Adrian Chamberlain has always wanted to be a rock star. While holding down a day job as an entertainment writer for the Victoria Times Colonist, he indulges his fantasies (albeit on a reduced scale) by playing organ and piano for The Soul Shakers, a Victoria rhythm-and-blues band.

"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." - CM Magazine

"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." - TriState YA Book Review

"The well-plotted story may appeal to reluctant readers." - The Horn Book Guide

"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." - Bookvacations.wordpress.com

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