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Rock Star
     

Rock Star

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by Adrian Chamberlain
 

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Struggling at home and at school, Duncan decides to try out for a local rock band. He plays the bass in the school orchestra, but it is a long way from band camp to rock star. Joining a heavy-metal band, he tries to fit in, dumping his old friends and trying to walk the walk. When his dadís new girlfriend starts to teach him about real rock music and introduces

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Struggling at home and at school, Duncan decides to try out for a local rock band. He plays the bass in the school orchestra, but it is a long way from band camp to rock star. Joining a heavy-metal band, he tries to fit in, dumping his old friends and trying to walk the walk. When his dadís new girlfriend starts to teach him about real rock music and introduces him to her musician brother, Duncan discovers that there is more to being a guitar hero than playing in a heavy-metal band.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"The author's own background as an organ player in a soul and rhythm-and-blues band gives this aspect of the novel originality and depth…Recommended."
The Horn Book Guide
"The well-plotted story may appeal to reluctant readers."
TriState YA Book Review
"Will strike a chord with aspiring band members...The trials and tribulations of being in a rock band and deciding whether to keep old friends, no matter how geeky, is at the heart of this hi/lo novel. Realistic fiction at its best."
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"If you know a struggling reader who loves music and instruments, then this is the book for them!...This novel moves very quickly, which will keep young adults interested...[and] as Chamberlain did a great job capturing the teenage voice of his main character, Duncan, I believe young adults will be able to connect with Duncan and, hopefully, learn a valuable lesson about the dangers of changing solely for acceptance."
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Duncan is a typical struggling teenager: he fought depression after his mom's death two years ago, his relationship with his father is floundering, his grades are suffering, and his only friends are the band nerds and computer geeks. But two events are about to change his life forever: his best friend Jason responds to an ad for a bass player in his name, and his father brings home a girlfriend. Terry is not at all like his mom but she understands him in ways no one else has for quite some time. And when his newly acquired rock star attitude goes to his head, Duncan is forced to make some hard decisions. This short book has an authentic teenage voice and shows the realistic consequences of some seemingly glamorous choices. It feels a little choppy and over-edited at some points, jumping from one scene to the next without a lot of the pertinent filler information though the story line is still easy to follow. While there is some language and underage drinking making it more suitable for a slightly older audience, the length and subject might help it appeal to struggling or reluctant readers. Reviewer: Amy McMillan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554692354
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
450,378
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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"Huh? You mean...I'm in?"

"Yeah. You're not the best, but you're the only one who answered the ad."

Meet the Author

Adrian Chamberlain has always wanted to be a rock star. While holding down a day job as an entertainment writer for the Victoria Times Colonist, he indulges his fantasies (albeit on a reduced scale) by playing organ and piano for The Soul Shakers, a Victoria rhythm-and-blues band.

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Rock Star 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Finding a place to fit in has always been a problem for Duncan. He has some close friends, but let's face it, they are all pretty nerdy. He and his best friend, Jason, have been working on making a goofy film based on Raiders of the Lost Ark, but lately Duncan has been thinking that's totally lame. He needs some new interests, and maybe some new friends. Duncan is surprised to find out Jason has answered an ad for a bass guitarist in a rock band. When Jason says he answered it for Duncan and encourages him to go for it, Duncan decides to take a chance. One of the band members named Grant speaks up for Duncan and convinces the group to give him a try. Just like that, Duncan is part of Primal Thunk. At the same time, he learns that his father has started dating a woman named Terry. It is kind of a surprise, but she seems nice enough. He even discovers that she is into some fairly hip music, and she introduces him to her musician brother. Things are looking up. Then again, maybe it's too good to be true. ROCK STAR by Adrian Chamberlain is a fast read, centered around heavy metal and rhythm and blues. Chamberlain takes a look at a teen searching for his niche. It takes some trial and error, but the character finds his direction in the end.