The Line

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Like any normal sixteen year old, Lucy Karate longs for the perfect junior year. The petite brunette imagines herself having fun hanging out with friends, getting good grades,finally finding a boyfriend, and, above all, marching on The Battery. For Lucy, a member of the highly competitive Forrest Hills Flyers Marching Band, The Battery is a chance to actually march on the field and show everyone that girls really can be outstanding percussionists.
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Like any normal sixteen year old, Lucy Karate longs for the perfect junior year. The petite brunette imagines herself having fun hanging out with friends, getting good grades,finally finding a boyfriend, and, above all, marching on The Battery. For Lucy, a member of the highly competitive Forrest Hills Flyers Marching Band, The Battery is a chance to actually march on the field and show everyone that girls really can be outstanding percussionists.
Rewarded with second bass after intense tryouts, Lucy immediately finds herself in trouble when she begins secretly dating the rival school's Drum Line Captain, Sam Powell. At the same time, she finds it difficult to turn down the attentions of cymbal playing redheaded hottie, Nevada Petersen, from her own section. What's a girl to do?

Woodwind or brass, color guard or majorette, you will want to follow Lucy's misadventures through marching band. Her struggles with chaotic band camp, cute rival drummers, intense indoor competitions, and a crazy love triangle will speak to the band geek in everyone.
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Editorial Reviews

Jessica Prater
This book is excellent! Not being someone who knows a lot about marching band, this book completely sucked me into the "band geek" world. Courtney does a great job of balancing the typical high school life of character Lucy Karate with the high competitions of drum line. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter if they have had past or present experience or interests in marching band. It will appeal to any audience looking for a great read!
Teen Reads Too
THE LINE is a novel for all those band geeks out there. If you are a percussionist, you'll feel right at home as the Forrest Hills High School drum line prepares for a new season of football games and competitions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595422814
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ms. Brandt is proud to present her complete four book YA marching band series including The Line, A Fine Line, Keeping in Line, and The Line Up. Each of the novels were created for high school students and alumni in marching band. As a former drum line member, Courtney enjoys bringing a fictional voice to band geeks all over the world and hopes to one day see her books adapted to screen.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    I'm in drumline and totaly loved this book!!!!

    I have the honorable pleasure of being in Mark's position (aka first bass drum) and I absolutely love it! This book made me feel at home, since the season ended on Nov. 2nd, 2012. : ) #IMissBand I was also a newbie at the drumline, just like Lucy and Ifelt that I could relate to her very well. I still don't know who the "cartwright117" person was, but it will most likely be revealed in the next book in the series. Oberall, an AWESOME BOOK! I absolutely loved it. : D

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

    THE LINE is a novel for all those band geeks out there. If you are a percussionist, you'll feel right at home as the Forrest Hills High School drum line prepares for a new season of football games and competitions. <BR/><BR/>Lucy has spent weeks preparing for her audition to be a member of The Battery. Once she makes it, she finds out that being the only girl on the line has special challenges. Especially when the hot cymbal player she's been crushing on leaves no doubt that he's interested in a relationship. Lucy will have a boyfriend to take her to the homecoming dance! <BR/><BR/>But, of course, it's not that simple. Lucy has also met another guy and can't stop thinking about him. That fact that he's the Captain of the rival drum line makes the situation even more complicated. Is it possible to date two guys from different schools? Should she tell them about each other? What if they find out that they are competitors, not only for Lucy, but on the drum line competition field as well? <BR/><BR/>Once Lucy opts for truth, she realizes it's not fair to the boys who both want to date her exclusively. Who will she choose? Nevada, the flashy cymbal player from her own line? Or Sam, from the rival line, who liked her even after finding out who she was? Will Lucy find out the secret that has fueled the rivalry between the two drum lines? And who is that mysterious cyber-buddy that's always on-line for her? <BR/><BR/>The beginning of this book is a little slow starting, with a fair amount of telling. But don't let that discourage you. Lucy will draw you in. The fun tension between the drum lines and the boys will make you want to read on. You will inevitably pick who you want Lucy to choose and you won't be disappointed. It took me back to my band days, those bus trips, the pranks in the band room, and the rush you feel when you compete with high honors. My 12-year-old daughter took this book away from me and read it in a day. She and I agree that this book was a fun read with a highly satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Amazing Marching Band Story!!

    The author understands the teenage mind. As she describes the world of Lucy and her dealings with love and her drum line. I would recommend to anyone who wants to curl up with a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    There aren't enough books like this on the shelf!

    Courtney Brandt does a great job with her first novel, The Line. Her book explores the exciting episodes of life in the marching band in a rare capacity...as a girl in the drumline. It doesn't matter if you marched in band or not, you'll definitely want to check it out this novel that does well to represent the Marching Band Genre!..........~=Gregory M. Kuzma=~ Author, 'On the field, from Denver, Colorado...The Blue Knights!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    About Time!

    The adventures of Lucy Karate is published. The predecessor of Bronwyn and the Legend of Brookwood High, Lucy sores through this adventure in drumline. From cute guys, to school rivalries and high-flying competitions, this is the essence of drumline and marching band around! About time all the band geeks in the world are represented fairly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    AWESOME

    SO far, the book is outstanding, and you are missing out if you havent boght it yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    A Band Story!

    It's about time that there is a story about band, marching band, percussion, drumline, and a girl in drumline. This is a wonderful story. I've yet to read the published version, but if it's anything like the one posted on the internet, it's really, really, good! DutchessCourtney original's rock!

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