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Rock 'n' Roll Rebel
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Thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley has plenty of good reasons for starting an all-girl rock band. Never mind she doesn't play an instrument—she'll figure that out. Fronting a band is sure to propel her out...
Thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley has plenty of good reasons for starting an all-girl rock band. Never mind she doesn't play an instrument—she'll figure that out. Fronting a band is sure to propel her out...
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  • Thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley has plenty of good reasons for starting an all-girl rock band. Never mind she doesn't play an instrument—she'll figure that out. Fronting a band is sure to propel her out of the background and into the spotlight at her middle school. So after a few weeks' worth of drumming lessons under her belt, she starts assembling her band. With her cousin Kyra agreeing to play bass, soon Tig has her piano-playing friend Olivia down for the keyboard. And then she convinces tough girl Robbie Chan to sign on as lead guitarist. With a cool name—Pandora's Box—all the band needs now is a killer lead singer. How hard can that be? But when Kyra invites obnoxious diva Haley Thornton to join the band, Tig realizes snagging a lead singer—the right lead singer—is not going to be easy. Everyone says the drummer is the heartbeat of a band—does Tig have what it takes to lead Pandora's Box?

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    July 18, 2016
    Alabama middle schooler Tig Ripley wants to start an all-girl band, Pandora’s Box, to prove her classmate Will Mason wrong when he says, “Girl bands are gimmicks.” Tig enlists cousin Kyra on bass, tennis champ Olivia on keyboard, rocker Robbie on guitar, and herself on drums. When Kyra invites popular Haley to be the lead singer, the group is astounded by her terrible voice and inflated ego. Dumping Haley creates hostility between the band and the school’s “Bot” clique. Even with a new singer, the band’s fears over Bot name-calling and retaliation leads to some cringe-worthy performances and Tig’s failing grades. Tig searches for a way to save the band and end the Bot war, all while coming to terms with Will’s romantic interest in her. Rue’s (Jump) conventional plot leaves little room for surprise, and some of the idioms used by the band members (“My name is going to be mud”; “The walls have ears”) sound wooden and antiquated. Still, Rue’s thematic focus on bullying is timely and nuanced. Ages 9–up. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary.

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