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Library JournalShapiro (Hockey Days), acclaimed for children and tween books, introduces his latest for music fans. The book takes place in a high school where a group of four friends start a band named the Stereotypical Freaks. Each boy represents a stereotype: the jock; the weirdo; the brainiac; and the outcast, but none of the boys represents these stereotypes in real life. As the story progresses, the boys mature and learn more about themselves and their abilities. Without giving too much away, the story also focuses on one character’s serious tragedy. The story culminates with the high school’s Battle of the Bands competition, which is a significant turning point for the boys’ friendship and their futures. The story realistically portrays adolescent angst, heartbreak, and growing maturity but with the kind of requisite humor and sensitivity that tweens will appreciate.
Verdict This book is recommended for tween boys who love music. Although some of the music referenced may be unfamiliar to this age group, these readers’ enjoyment of the story may make them seek the answers!—Lucy Roehrig, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.