La guerra de las bandas: (Battle of the Bands) by K. L. Denman, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
La guerra de las bandas: (Battle of the Bands)

La guerra de las bandas: (Battle of the Bands)

by K. L. Denman
     
 

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Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band, convinced they are on their way to the top. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed

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Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band, convinced they are on their way to the top. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed right before the contest, The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Hopes and dreams to win recording time in a professional studio are at stake in the band battle. The Lunar Ticks, Jay on the guitar, Kel on the bass, and Cia on the drums, are a band that is rehearsing for the opportunity to record a studio CD. The group nails their musical numbers and wins their school's band battle giving them a spot in the finals of the battle of the bands. Their rival will be Indigo Daze, a band that has beaten them in previous battles. Jay is attracted to Rowan Raynor of Indigo Daze. She not only has a special touch with the guitar and a voice to match, but she understands Jay. On the day of the band battle, the Indigo Daze's members cast a suspicious eye on Jay because they believe that he trashed Rowan's guitar in order to remove The Lunar Ticks' competition. The story moves at a quick pace with some surprises. This easy-to-read book is part of the "Orca Soundings" series dealing with young adult interests and topics.
KLIATT - Lisa Carlson
Truism or cliche: A person must have intense, often harsh life experiences in order to create exceptional works. This theme makes up the focus in Denman's Battle of the Bands—a story about Jay, the lead member of a punk-type band called the Lunar Ticks, who is searching for life experiences that will enable him to take the band beyond the mediocrity of a "garage band" and win the annual "battle of the bands" competition. At first, Jay feels confident that the Lunar Ticks will prevail, until he hears Indigo Daze, a band whose lyricist has recently experienced personal tragedy that she incorporated into intensely emotional songs. Jay learns that defeat has positive consequences and that perhaps it isn't the quantity of life lived that gives good artists the edge over mediocre ones, but how aware people are of what they are living and the meaning they make of their experiences. Orca Soundings novels strive to accommodate the reluctant or low-level reader: plots tend to be straightforward and easy to follow without more than three major characters. The premise of this story, a garage band competition, serves as a loose plot device that keeps the primary theme in the forefront. Unfortunately, the band names, character behaviors and a few of the minor events that occur might strike teen readers as too much like an adult attempting to relate to something he knows little about. Overall, however, it is a lively read with a strong theme that can lend itself to further discussion.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
Suburban Vancouver teen Jay lives for his band's rehearsals. The Lunar Ticks are practicing for an upcoming Battle of the Bands that will match them against a neighboring high school's standout, Indigo Daze. Jay's growing crush on its lead singer adds a layer of romance to the story. The members of the band get into and out of trouble and into and out of fights with one another, and the group is ultimately successful at the competition (even though they don't win). The characters are edgy but likable. The short chapters and fast-paced, rock-themed action will appeal to reluctant and struggling readers, particularly those who are serious about their music.
—Kristin AndersonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"An entertaining, quick novelette for the young adult in which the reader is drawn in immediately with good descriptions and a good plot...It is perfectly written in Spanish, and will attract both male and female readers. In typical Orca Soundings style, it can be read in a sitting or two, and it will make even the reluctant reader content."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"The book is written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers...The author weaves romance, jealousy, and death throughout the story. I appreciate the fact that there is a girl playing in one of the bands. Teen musicians will enjoy the book."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554694938
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
Orca Spanish Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
396 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Cuando agarro mi guitarra y paso mis dedos por las cuerdas y el primer arpegio sale con toda su fuerza por el amplificador, todo desaparece y lo único que importa es la música.

Meet the Author

K.L. Denman was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent her childhood in a house one street away from the open prairie. When she was 11, her family moved to Delta, British Columbia, and she got to know life on the coast: tides, clam digging, rain gear, green grass year-round and enormous trees. It was there that Kim and her sisters got their first pony. She continued to live near Vancouver for many years while finishing school, attending college, and eventually getting married and starting a family. She always loved writing and when her teen children and their friends provided inspiration and re-kindled memories of this challenging passage, writing for teens became an irresistible venture.

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