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Another Miserable Love Song
2nd edition
By (author): Brooke Carter
Brooke Carter


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Sep 14, 2021
Print Run: 5000
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.38 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

128 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Music and musicians|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Death and grief|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Life skills and choices|Interest age: from c 12 years|For reluctant or struggling readers (children / teenagers)|Relating to Trans / Transgender people or gender minorities
  • Short Description
In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, Kallie tries to get over her father's death and help her band at the same time.
Dreams can suck it!

When a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart.

Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one—to be a rock star—and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. When she's asked to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy), she wonders if she can find a new purpose in punk? Or if the drummer with the amazing smile will break her heart? Everything hinges on Kallie. It's a lot of pressure—especially when you throw in substance abuse and Kallie's deadbeat mom showing up at the worst time. Kallie must learn to trust her friends, and herself if she's going to get over the past and make a new future.

Key Selling Points

  • Main character's love interest is trans, disclosed partway through story but incidental to narrative.
  • Enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

Brooke Carter is a Canadian novelist and the author of several contemporary books for teens, including Double or Nothing (Junior Library Guild Gold Selection), Learning Seventeen (CCBC Best Book for Teens) and Sulfur Heart from the Orca Soundings line. She earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC.

"Carter's novel is a quick paced read that packs a lot of action into its 127-pages...The novel is able to knit together weighty themes including transgender issues, dealing with death, finding love and substance abuse. Specifically, Carter's presentation of transgender issues and how someone might experience them in a real life are believable and may help readers understand these realities more deeply...Recommended." - CM Magazine

"A thoroughly modern and realistic love story unencumbered by moralizing or politics…There is depth to this truncated story and the author's edgy delivery saves it from shallow breathiness. The title is a characteristic touch of the book's unadorned view of life balanced by a faith in abiding goodness, regardless of context. The story of the transitioning Jamie and [his] involvement with Kallie has a ring of genuine truth about it." - Resource Links

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