Teen Read Week recommendations and link

Posted by kacates on October 19, 2010


Spotlighting a few great books with beat you can check out here at NPL:

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway 

California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!  Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. And the Internet is documenting her every move! Audrey can’t hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.  But will she ever get the chance to show the world who she really is?

Fat Kid Rules the World – K.L. Going 

Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt’s recruited Troy as his new drummer—even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.

The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz 

Summer is here, and self-professed music geek Allie is exactly where she wants to be: working at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. But business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighborhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time…

Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron 

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend. When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

And now for a great link!  If you're like me, sometimes you get stuck in a music rut and feel the need to freshen up your playlist a little bit.  If you want to find new bands to follow based on your current favorites, check out TuneGlue, a really cool music-mapping site.  Just type in your favorite band in the search bar, then click on nodes to expand your options and find new bands.

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