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Guitar Boy
     

Guitar Boy

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by MJ Auch
 

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Travis Tacey doesn't have it easy: his mom's in the hospital suffering from brain trauma after a terrible car accident, and his father has lost his good sense in the aftermath and kicked him out. Homeless, penniless, and only fourteen years old, Travis tries to make money off of his singing and guitar playing skills. But when his beloved guitar—a family

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Travis Tacey doesn't have it easy: his mom's in the hospital suffering from brain trauma after a terrible car accident, and his father has lost his good sense in the aftermath and kicked him out. Homeless, penniless, and only fourteen years old, Travis tries to make money off of his singing and guitar playing skills. But when his beloved guitar—a family heirloom—is stolen, Travis grows desperate. By a stroke of luck, he gets a job helping a guitar maker. Through Travis's love of music, his devotion to his family, and the kindness of strangers, he begins to find his way in the world. But in Guitar Boy by MJ Auch, how will he keep his family together?

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“Surviving through the kindness of strangers, especially a guitar-maker and his friends who refrain from alerting child services, Travis discovers that music is the key to healing his mother and his family.” —School Library Journal

“This effort quickly hits its stride, mostly due to well-drawn, believable characters and the strength of Travis's nearly indomitable spirit.” —Kirkus Reviews

Guitar Boy fills a hole in boys' literature for intermediate to tween readers by telling an empowering story about a very normal boy whose life has completely unraveled. . . . This is the book I'll be recommending to every kid in my neighborhood near Travis' age.” —Rebecca Waesch, Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312641245
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Edition description:
STRIPPABLE
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
594,882
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

M. J. Auch is the award-winning author of One-Handed Catch, Wing Nut, and numerous other books for young readers. Books were a part of M. J.'s life from an early age; her mother was a second grade teacher who always made sure there were plenty of books in the house. M. J. now lives on a small farm in upstate New York with her husband and co-illustrator, Herm, and their two dogs, Sophie and Zeke.

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Guitar Boy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I added “Guitar Boy” to my TBR pile, I remember thinking that it sounded more like a middle grade novel than a YA. That idea might have stemmed from the summary, or the knowledge that the last novel I read by M.J. Auch was one I read at fourteen and pulled from the MG section in the library. Whatever the intended audience, I finished “Guitar Boy” in a day and loved every minute of it. Travis is a fourteen year old guitar player whose life has been turned upside down in the wake of his mother’s car accident and subsequent injuries. His father is trying and failing to run the household and keep his five children fed, and a string of bad decisions leads to him throwing Travis out of the house. Travis ends up unofficially apprenticed to a local guitar-maker while he attempts to piece his life and his family back together. For an incredibly simple premise, this story had so much heart and so much personality. It wasn’t as much about music as it was about connection–to the family you’re born with and the family you choose. The people Travis meets when he’s isolated from everything he knows become as much a family to him as the one he’s left behind, and I loved watching those bonds strengthen as the story progresses. All of the characters in “Guitar Boy” felt authentic, like if you pulled off the interstate at some nowhere town in the Adirondacks you might encounter any of them. Every one of the subplots tied neatly together, from the local festival Travis helps the guitar-maker prepare for, to Travis’s own missing family heirloom guitar, to his attempts to reach his mother. The links in the overall chain of events were believable and heart-wrenching and ultimately hopeful. “Guitar Boy” is the kind of book that I want to avoid talking about too specifically, because no amount of summarizing will even begin to do the story justice. If you like quieter stories with great character development and a happier ending than you might have dared to hope for, definitely give this one a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for young teen readers. Heck, I'm an adult and I even enjoyed it. It's a wonderful little story, and even those of you that aren't musical will still enjoy it. This could also make a pretty decent movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago