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VOYAAll Germ wants to do is play his guitar in a rock band. He does okay in school, but he only feels truly cool when he is up on stage in front of an audience. His band, Thunderbowl, gets a weekly gig playing at a club called The Dungeon. Germ knows he could get into serious trouble from both his parents and the club manager if they find out his secret. Germ does his best to hold everything together, but the outcome is almost inevitable. How can Germ convince his parents that playing guitar is a creative outlet for him and not just some passing, teenage phase? Choyce creates a book in which the plot starts quickly and the reader is instantly attached to the main character. Many teenagers will feel a kinship with Germ because of what he goes through with his parents and his need for escape. As part of the Orca Soundings series, this book would be excellent for reluctant readers because it is short and will hold their attention. The reading level of this book is listed at grade four and above, and reluctant readers will not have to struggle with difficult vocabulary or a complex plot. Any teacher or librarian who works with reluctant readers should definitely include this book. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 102p., pb. Ages 11 to 18.