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Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she's a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. The never-skipping-class Catherine part of her knows, though, that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn't an ordinary band boy—he's a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that ...

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Overview

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she's a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. The never-skipping-class Catherine part of her knows, though, that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn't an ordinary band boy—he's a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Over tacos on lunch dates to far-off outlet-mall planets and during practices at the Hive with their new band, Dangerheart, Catherine—no, Summer—falls in love with Caleb.

She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band's past becomes another's present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it's time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

Kevin Emerson's Exile is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you're not quite ready to believe in yourself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Emerson (the Atlanteans series) wields his chops as a musician in this series opener about a Los Angeles arts high school rock band trying to make it big. Senior Caleb Daniels’s new band, Dangerheart, has all the components of the next big thing—a dreamy singer (in Caleb), a brooding female bassist, and lyrics that make girls swoon. There’s only one problem: Caleb doesn’t want to owe his fame to his biological father, a rock legend who drowned years earlier, and whose connection to Caleb has only recently been revealed. When Summer Carlson—Dangerheart’s manager, Caleb’s girlfriend, and the novel’s narrator—sets up the band’s breakout tour to San Francisco, the circumstances surrounding Caleb’s legacy grow murkier, including rumors of his father’s three missing songs and a record label demanding answers that no one seems to have. Emerson’s seasoned music references and deep knowledge of the business (including its slimy side) will draw readers in, but it’s the emerging conspiracy theories that give the book its edge—and provide the perfect setup for the sequel. Ages 14–up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (May)
Michael Grant
Praise for THE LOST CODE: “A smart dystopian adventure packed with mind-blowing fantasy and characters you’ll love.”
Susane Colasanti
“A captivating road trip of the heart.”
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Courtney M. Krieger
Summer Carlson manages bands. She knows how to recognize talent and how to get it noticed. Coming off heartbreak from her last band, Postcards, dropping her as its manager to sign with a major label, Summer tries to start over with Dangerheart. As her relationship with the lead singer, Caleb Daniels, heats up, he reveals a secret that could change everything: he is the son of rock legend Eli White, who died tragically while writing his greatest masterpieces. Caleb found a letter from Eli that claims the tracks exist but have remained hidden. As they race to unearth the precious treasure, they realize that Eli’s old label will stop at nothing to get the tracks for itself. Exile is a witty, fun read that will appeal to a broad audience. Even though the novel is told from Summer’s perspective, the author weaves in subplots that feature strong male characters. The plot moves quickly, hooking the reader from the very first page. Masquerading as a novel about bands and romance, the story integrates mystery and betrayal to create depth in each character. As the mystery unravels, the reader is drawn into the world of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. Each puzzle piece leads the reader to realize the destructive nature of fame and how corporate greed makes people expendable. Although it contains 320 pages, reluctant readers will gravitate to the interesting characters and well-developed plot. Educators and librarians should add this novel to their shelves. Reviewer: Courtney M. Krieger; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
At the unusual, LA-area Mount Hope High, students are immersed in the music industry, taking classes such as Physics of Volume and playing showcases in the Don Henley amphitheater; here, even nonmusicians like Summer can study the marketing and management aspects of the music business. Caleb and Summer quickly bond at the beginning of the book; incidents that occurred last year have left them both exiled from the school's music scene. Caleb shares with Summer the revelation that prompted his recent unravelling—he has learned that he is the son of notorious dead rock star Eli White. As Summer helps Caleb put together and promote his new band, Dangerheart, she also helps him unravel the mystery of his father's legendary lost songs. She struggles to balance her roles as supportive girlfriend and band manager, especially once the mysterious Val shows up, who rocks as Dangerheart's bassist but seems interested in being more than just bandmates with Caleb. The well-paced narrative presents a unique perspective on this genre, showcasing teens on the business side of the music industry, and the twists in the storyline will keep readers' attention. The abrupt ending avoids wrapping up many of the story's loose ends, leaving several subplots and characters waiting for the sequel. This engaging read steeped in music, romance and mystery opens a promising trilogy. (Fiction. 13-17)
Michael Grant
Praise for THE LOST CODE: “A smart dystopian adventure packed with mind-blowing fantasy and characters you’ll love.”
Susane Colasanti
“A captivating road trip of the heart.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062133953
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Exile Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 385,912
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Emerson

Kevin Emerson is the author of eleven books, including The Lost Code and The Dark Shore, books 1 and 2 of the Atlanteans series. Kevin is a singer, drummer, and guitarist and has played in bands since high school, none of which need to be named here, but all of which seemed like a good idea at the time. He has toured across the country and in Europe and the UK and now lives in Seattle, one of the best music cities in the world.

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    Posted December 14, 2014

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    Posted August 31, 2014

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    Posted May 17, 2014

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
    17-year-old Summer is annoyed after the band she managed got signed by a record label and dumped her, so now she’s out to find a new band.
    Can she make another band happen though? And is a dead rock-stars son the right way to go?


    This was an okay story, but I just couldn’t get into it.

    Summer was an okay character, she seemed to think that she was wonderful though, and as soon as one band left she just had to go and find another one to manage. Why she was so obsessed I don’t know, but I just didn’t get why she felt the need to instantly start managing, or even forming a new band, especially given how her previous band had bailed on her at the first opportunity.

    The storyline in this was okay, but I lost interest. For some reason this book just didn’t hold my attention, and there wasn’t a whole lot to keep me reading; the music side of things didn’t excite me, and the romance was fleeting. I did like the mystery side of the story, but that didn’t feel developed enough, and the pace was just too slow.
    The ending was also a bit of a disappointment. I just felt like very little was resolved, and the end wasn’t really an end, the book just stopped. While I was glad to be finished, the ending was less than satisfying, which really annoyed me.
    Overall; okay, but didn’t hold my interest well.
    6.5 out of 10.

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    Posted June 9, 2014

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