Los Pandemónium: (Thunderbowl)

Los Pandemónium: (Thunderbowl)

by Lesley Choyce
     
 

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Jeremy's band, Thunderbowl, is hot, and they have had their first big break -- a long-term gig at a local bar. The problem is that while Jeremy should be keeping up with his school work, he is spending most nights in a rowdy club, trying to keep the band together. Balancing dreams of success with the realities of the music business force Jeremy to make tough choices.

Overview

Jeremy's band, Thunderbowl, is hot, and they have had their first big break -- a long-term gig at a local bar. The problem is that while Jeremy should be keeping up with his school work, he is spending most nights in a rowdy club, trying to keep the band together. Balancing dreams of success with the realities of the music business force Jeremy to make tough choices.

Editorial Reviews

Tri-State YA Book Review Committee
"A solid story...This book is written in perfect Spanish, is a 'quick-read' and has a clear theme and lots of action, making it a good choice for the reluctant reader."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Readable by students who are at an advanced level of Spanish...[An] entertaining story."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers...A good choice for teens struggling with how to fit school and activities into their limited time."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"A solid story...This book is written in perfect Spanish, is a 'quick-read' and has a clear theme and lots of action, making it a good choice for the reluctant reader."
Southwestern Ohio YA Adult Materials Review Group
"Readable by students who are at an advanced level of Spanish...[An] entertaining story."
Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
Thunderbowl, the translation of the title, is about a sixteen-year-old named Jeremiah who is a talented guitarist. Unfortunately his father feels that he brought him into the world for greater things. After winning a battle of the band contest Jeremiah lies to the owner and tells him that he is nineteen; otherwise Jeremiah wouldn't be allowed anywhere but backstage in between sets. That was unacceptable to Jeremiah when he sees a girl in the audience eyeing him. The prize for winning was a guaranteed gig at the club Mondays through Thursdays until one in the morning. The conflict this causes with Jeremiah's school is easy to resolve if he no longer attends school. More and more Jeremiah finds himself making worse choices than the one before, and he soon finds himself facing a dilemma that overwhelms him. Jeremiah eventually decides to come clean to his parents who are surprisingly very supportive. The book follows the pattern of 'Orca Soundings" books perfectly. The misunderstood teenager who would get along better with his parents if only they would see how wonderful he really is gets into a huge mess and realizes that there are no better people to run to than those unappreciative, out-of-touch parents. The parents' reaction is completely opposite from what was expected, and the teen suddenly makes the right choices. If only all parent/teen conflicts could be resolved so easily. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554695003
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Orca Spanish Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
360 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Tocamos por diez minutos, sin saltamos ni una nota. La voz de Al apenas se oí a, mientras Drek y yo hací amos las segundas voces, y creo que el micró fono estaba apagado. Al final, terminé con un acorde improvisado y largo en la guitarra. Y ¿saben qué ? me salió super bien. Sonó mejor que nunca. Era como si la guitarra y mis dedos hubieran estado haciendo todo el trabajo mientras yo observaba desde afuera. Mis dedos se movían como pó lvora. Las luces creaban una sensació n má gica en todo el lugar. Llegamos al punto má s alto y justo como lo tení amos practicado, paramos la mú sica de pronto, de forma perfecta.

Meet the Author

Lesley Choyce divides his time between teaching, writing, running Pottersfield Press and hosting a television talk show. He is the author of multiple books for youth and adults. Lesley lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.

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