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Big Time
     

Big Time

by Tom Ryan
 

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Gerri waits outside all night to audition for Big Time, her favorite TV singing competition. She believes she has a shot at success, but when she’s insulted by one of the judges and kicked out of the competition, she thinks she’ll probably never sing again. After a teacher at her school asks her to join a choral club, Gerri reluctantly gets involved

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Gerri waits outside all night to audition for Big Time, her favorite TV singing competition. She believes she has a shot at success, but when she’s insulted by one of the judges and kicked out of the competition, she thinks she’ll probably never sing again. After a teacher at her school asks her to join a choral club, Gerri reluctantly gets involved. Even though she can’t read music and she doesn’t know the other kids, she finds herself enjoying the group and learning a lot about music. A cute guy she met at the Big Time auditions joins the group, and when they perform their unique mashups at an open-mic night, Gerri realizes there’s more than one way to be a successful—and happy—singer!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
An American Idol–style TV singing competition is the backdrop for this addition to the Limelights series. At 16, Gerri is finally old enough to try out for a slot on her favorite show, Big Time. When the audition doesn’t go as planned, she considers giving up singing, but Gerri’s personal cheering section—including new friends from the auditions, a teacher, and Gerri’s guitar-playing grandfather—help her reignite her passion. Readers will want to ride along for the high hopes and disappointments, as well as the self-discovery that is part of Gerri’s journey to embrace and polish her talent. Simultaneously available: Hot New Thing by Laura Langston and Warm Up by Sara Leach. Ages 11–14. (Mar.)
CM Magazine
"A feel-good story that is all about a love of music and following one’s dreams."
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"A believable and instructive story about art and life."
Bookish Serendipity blog
"I would recommend this book, due to its stellar characters and unique concept. Performing arts novels are quite rare after all!"
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Readers who have a musical interest will appreciate Gerri’s musical journey. It’s also refreshing to read about Gerri’s family that is extremely supportive of her dreams but realistic. Music brings generations together in this novel. The Limelights series promises readers a quick, interesting read and this book delivers."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459804616
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Series:
Orca Limelights Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He spent his childhood reading, wandering the countryside, making up stories and bossing around his younger brothers. After high school, he studied English at Mount Allison University and then moved to Halifax, where he studied film production. For more information, visit www.tomryanauthor.com.

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