Rock Star Superstar

Rock Star Superstar

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by Blake Nelson
     
 

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Music is Pete's life. From playing in a jazz band to jamming at 2 AM with his guitar-playing dad, Pete is almost never without his bass. He's sure his treasured Fender Precision bass, along with his vow never to be a sell-out, will lead him to a record deal one day.

Then he meets the Carlisle brothers. They can't sing and they can barely play their instruments, but

Overview

Music is Pete's life. From playing in a jazz band to jamming at 2 AM with his guitar-playing dad, Pete is almost never without his bass. He's sure his treasured Fender Precision bass, along with his vow never to be a sell-out, will lead him to a record deal one day.

Then he meets the Carlisle brothers. They can't sing and they can barely play their instruments, but somehow they have a following. And they desperately need a bass player. Pete can play circles around these amateurs, but there's a raw power to their sound that's surprisingly appealing. He can't resist, and he joins The Tiny Masters of Today. When the band gets a chance at real superstardom, Pete wonders if he's ready for the big leagues. He knows the quality of the music should come first... but who knew selling out could be so much fun? Blake Nelson's riveting novel shows the realities of life in a band, and all the temptations that come with it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The author gives an entertaining and realistic insider's view of rock band life, through the eyes of Pete, the son of musicians, living in the Pacific Northwest," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101157435
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/06/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
890,712
File size:
215 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Blake grew up in Portland, Oregon.

His first love was books but he spent several years in his teens and twenties playing in bands.

Blake's first writing job was at Details magazine, where he wrote short humor pieces on the slacker lifestyle. His fiction remained unpublished until Sassy Magazine (cool girl magazine from the 90s) began publishing excerpts from his first novel.

These excerpts generated enough response to get his first novel GIRL published by Simon and Schuster. GIRL (1994) has since been translated into six foreign languages and was made into a feature film.

After GIRL, Blake published two more adult novels, EXILE (1997) and USER (2001). In 2003 he decided to try a Young Adult novel, (a book specifically for teens) and wrote THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL. Since then he has published five YA novels, NEW RULES, ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR, PROM ANONYMOUS, GENDER BLENDER, and PARANOID PARK.

His books have won numerous awards and continue to be translated around the world. A TV movie for GENDER BLENDER is currently in development at Nickelodeon. And PARANOID PARK, is being made into a film by Gus Van Sant and MK2 Productions.

Blake Nelson currently lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

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Rock Star Superstar 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pines, which were gently swaying in the wind and richly smelling of fresh sap and needles, whispered taunts to Hazelpaw as she stood at the border. <br> "If only you can join us on /this/ side of the border..." they seemed to be chanting. Tired and frustrated and grumpy, the apprentice sharply turned back to face WaterClan territory; but in comparision with the beautiful landscape she spent minutes staring into, it only made the urge worse. <br> "I've gotta get that kit, I've gotta get that kit..." she muttered restlessly to herself, pacing on the forest floor. But the question was, how? And in the end, can she really bring herself to steal Ripplestar's daughter? She continued to pace, mind spinning like clockwork, but coming up with nothing. Hazelpaw sighed and plopped down on the leaf-littered floor, looking up at the sky. The sun was barely in sight, and purple clouds stood out againt the orange sky, the signature of Dusk. <br> "I guess it's time to go back," she sighed. With the last rays of the sun lighting her path, she was able to make it back to camp without any hassle. The camp was in shock when she arrived, though... cats' faces were flooding with mixed emotion. Most of WaterClan was crowded around the nursery, so Hazelpaw shoved and pushed her way to the front of the mob, leading inside the warm, milky-scented den. Crystalsky fiercely hissed at the cats crowding her and the kit, standing protectvely over the white-furred she-kit, her daughter. Hazelpaw couldn't come up with why the kit drew in such a crowd, until she turned her head. Startling red eyes peeked curiously at Hazelpaw, until Crystalsky blocked the crowd's view. *What in StarClan's name is wrong with that kit? She has red eyes!* complete shock washed over Hazelpaw, but then it turned to satisfaction, sweet as honey. *Maybe it won't be so difficult to get myself to steal her... I'll be in ScorchClan in no time.* <p> (That was Hazelpaw's Promise, the first Winterberry's Struggle Super Edition! It ends there, because you already know how she stole Winterkit if you read Winterberry's Struggle. Remember to make requests and suggestions in the first result!) <p> -&#1071|Reflections&#9830
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robert hammond More than 1 year ago
for a short story (i call anything under 200 pgs short its 127pgs) it was really good! i wish there was more
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a decent book following a high schooler who wants to become a rock legend. I thought the characters were true to life--their struggles seemed accurately portrayed. A bit gritty in places, but a strong novel. Boys would eat this up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, I was timid about reading this book. But after I got into it, this is one of the best books I have ever read! Any teenager from the ages of 13-18 will LOVE this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is about rock music but it is a solid full wonderful novel. There is humor, a love story, everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel, most readers will be able to relate because it talks about love, music, school, and the hardships of teenage life. It mentions many facts about older bands like Metallica and Nirvana, aswell as Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC. If you play an instrument of any kind, this book is for you. Just remember, a dream is easily broken...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of Blake Nelsons books, and I really got it to his writing after I read this book because he was so upfront in this book, I am already ready to read it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I've ever read! Its a book about a boy who goes through some really hard times but does it for the thing he loves..... music! He has hard times but good times come along too. You have to read it or you're missing out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Having been a fan of Blake Nelson's since I first read Girl, I can say that this just another example of what makes him such an honest and interesting author. Being in a band, being in high school, being in relationships, it doesn't matter what he's writing about, he just gets it 'right.' Fans of Blake Nelson should not miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome. it shows what it's like in a band, fighting, getting high, getting girls. But also shows the hardwork and pain of being lonely on the road. The best part is when he goes out with the really popular girl and sees how shallow she is, but she still gets with her anyway because he's POed at his old girlfriend.