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Battle of the Bands

by K.L. Denman

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music, mysteries & detective stories, contemporary
list price: $9.95
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
published: 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 18
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
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Battle of the Bands (Orca Soundings)

Life in Grade 11 is mostly boring for Jay – a regular guy who lives in the suburbs of Vancouver – except for the fact that his band, The Lunar Ticks, is on their way to the top!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Long-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
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Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band who are convinced they are on their way up. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Jay is struggling to write new material but finds he lacks the experience to come up with a truly original song. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed right before the contest The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.
Also available in Spanish.

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The smell in the garage is lousy. Old bulbs coated with years of dust and cobwebs don't cast the best light either. But when I pick up my guitar and my fingers find the strings, and that first riff comes screaming out of the amp, the only thing that matters is sound.

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Editorial Reviews

"It's powerful and attention grabbing, telling a fascinating story of love, life, and music. The characters are wonderful."

— Teen Book Review

"In her first novel, K.L. Denman has created engaging and realistic characters. Recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

"Filled with humour, first crushes and break-ups...Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"The short chapter and fast-paced, rock-themed action will appeal to reluctant and struggling readers."

— School Library Journal
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