Rules to Rock By

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You'd never guess it now, but Annabelle Cabrera used to be a rock star. And not like her mom or dad called her a "total rock star" after she won a spelling bee or something. She was a real rock star, the bassist of Egg Mountain, the most popular band in the New York music scene. But when her parents uproot her from Brooklyn and move her to Rhode Island so they can record their own album, Annabelle feels lost. Starting a new band isn't as easy as she'd hoped, the school's rival band is a bunch of bullies, and her ...

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Overview

You'd never guess it now, but Annabelle Cabrera used to be a rock star. And not like her mom or dad called her a "total rock star" after she won a spelling bee or something. She was a real rock star, the bassist of Egg Mountain, the most popular band in the New York music scene. But when her parents uproot her from Brooklyn and move her to Rhode Island so they can record their own album, Annabelle feels lost. Starting a new band isn't as easy as she'd hoped, the school's rival band is a bunch of bullies, and her parents are so immersed in recording that they're completely neglecting Annabelle and her younger brother. How can Annabelle truly make herself heard?

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Publishers Weekly
Music is the center of sixth-grader Annabelle Cabrera's life, but she is forced to leave her beloved band, Egg Mountain, behind when her rocker parents decide to move from Brooklyn to Rhode Island to finish their own album. Egg Mountain had been on the verge of stardom, but now Annabelle must start from scratch, trying to fit in, find fellow musicians, and start a new band. To make matters worse, the care of Annabelle's troublemaking nine-year-old brother has fallen largely on Annabelle's shoulders, instead of her remarkably unaccountable parents ("my parents were in no condition to help anybody but themselves"). Against the odds, Annabelle forms the Bungles and pours her heart into song lyrics, expressing her mixed feelings about her family, the move, and her sense of belonging. First-time author Farrar fleshes out Annabelle's musical obsession with references to the Beatles, Joan Jett, and other classic rock musicians that inspire her, making the narrative more authentic. Music lovers in particular should enjoy the glimpse into Annabelle's atypical life and relate to what is ultimately a celebration of family. Ages 8-12. (July)
Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
Being twelve years old is challenging enough but when you suddenly find yourself in a new town, in a new school, and without your old band, the situation is beyond the usual set of challenges. This is the state of affairs spunky young Annabelle Carrera finds herself in at the beginning of her sixth grade year. Dealing with parent problems, babysitting her little brother, fending off bullies, making new friends, and finding like-minded students who like to rock are just a few of the difficulties Annabelle encounters as she adjusts to her new environment. Annabelle's spirit and constant support from her grandmother, and Ronaldo, her former bandmate, keep her striving to meet her goals of forming a band and writing the perfect song for her band's success. This charming book present realistic problems young people encounter and shows one young person with a good head on her shoulders working her way through the problems. Many lessons can be learned through Annabelle's example. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Twelve-year-old Annabelle Cabrera's parents have uprooted her and her younger brother, Xavier, from Brooklyn to Providence, RI. Annabelle's mom and dad are musicians who are completely engrossed in what they do, to the point of neglecting their children. A bassist and songwriter herself, Belle misses the band she was a part of, Egg Mountain; the friends who went with it; and her beloved abuela, who took care of the family. She has a lot on her plate in her new hometown, like minding X and putting together her very own rock group. With an instrument named after her favorite bassist, Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof, Belle is desperate to have another great experience like Egg Mountain. The task is proving difficult as she comes across resistance at school due to bullying and a code of silence that keeps aspiring musicians at bay. Nevertheless, rock prevails in this spirited, never-say-die story about a girl and her dream. Farrar's first novel hits home about tween life, especially among the creative set, and for anyone who has ever been bullied.—Tracy Weiskind, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802720795
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Farrar is a writer and musician. He has written over 200 songs, but Rules to Rock By is his first book. Josh drew on his own experience playing in bands as a teenager, but he was equally inspired by such contemporary indie-teen bands as Care Bears on Fire, Smoosh, and Tiny Masters of Today. Josh has collaborated with the Creative Arts Program in Brooklyn to record demos of up-and-coming tween bands, as well as with the Willie Mae Rock Camp to develop scholarships for future rockers. Josh lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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