Ace learns about Internet bullying while trying to get a music career off the ground.
CM Magazine"Ace’s inner dialogue is superbly written, easy to relate to and likable as an accident-prone, self-doubting, sincere teen. Although brief, the novel manages to draw on issues of rivalry, popularity, the role of technology in bullying, teen romance, all the while maintaining a lighthearted and humorous tone...Staunton successfully portrays the struggles and humiliations of high school and the pressures of fitting in, succeeding, and seeking romance. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links"Staunton excels at portraying the lighter side of teenage situations...Ace's Basement is a safe place for any young teen."
Booklist Online"This mild-mannered diversion goes down easy, with Ace learning a lesson about dignity—an important one in the social-media age."
Children's Literature - Enid PortnoyWritten in the first person point of view Ace, a ninth grader, is a would-be musician who plays guitar and harmonica with his friend who is older, Lisa, who also plays guitar and sings. They call themselves a DUO TWO. They write songs together and enjoy busking, performing in different casual venues to gain publicity, and make spending money. Since they go both go to school, it is tough concentrating on music and rehearsals when homework and studying take up most of their time. Their peers try to give them creative ideas, like making videos to publicize their talents, but they do not always turn out the way Ace hopes they will. They get exposure from a wider audience, but it is definitely not the kind of exposure anyone would really appreciate when they become embarrassing as well. Characters will be very familiar to most high school students. There is tension within the characters as Ace is struggling to hide his feelings for Lisa. He is unsure about the kind of reception he might receive, if he reveals his true feelings for her. Humor is also abundant in the story. The size of this short book is appealing because it fits easily into a backpack or large pocket, making it highly portable for summer vacation packing, activity breaks, or just handy to keep in the back of a car for local travel reading. Staunton has a busy schedule as a writer, storyteller and musical performer; his characters are likeable and realistic for today’s teenagers. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 13 to 16.
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