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Neil plays guitar with his family's band, the Family McClintock, even though he can't stand the Celtic music they play, he doesn't dance, he hates the outfits, and every single performance reminds him that he isn't as talented as the rest of the family.

When his buddy Bert convinces him to form a rock band and enter a local talent show, Neil's playing improves and everyone notices, including a girl who shares his musical interests. He starts to think that all those years of ...

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Overview

Neil plays guitar with his family's band, the Family McClintock, even though he can't stand the Celtic music they play, he doesn't dance, he hates the outfits, and every single performance reminds him that he isn't as talented as the rest of the family.

When his buddy Bert convinces him to form a rock band and enter a local talent show, Neil's playing improves and everyone notices, including a girl who shares his musical interests. He starts to think that all those years of practice might come in handy after all. But it all comes to a head when Neil has to choose between an important gig with the family band and the talent show. He's only sure of one thing: whatever he decides to do, he's going to be letting someone down.

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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
“Ryan writes well, and there’s a positive underlying message about following your own path while honouring other responsibilities and commitments...Given how many kids dream of stardom, the Limelights series is sure to hold wide appeal.”
CM Magazine
"Neil’s voice is honest, with a touch of sarcasm and lack of self-perception that is appropriate for this age. Ryan wisely uses his other characters to flesh out Neil’s blind spots for the reader...The plot moves quickly as the reader follows Neil’s rising excitement about shows...Highly Recommended."
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"Ryan uses simple language to create rich characters that stick with you long after you are finished reading the story. Readers can identify with Neil's struggles and his journey—the self-doubt and lack of direction. Bert, Sandy, and 'the Beast' are gorgeously drawn supporting characters who help Neil see beyond his own perceptions and reach for the dreams he didn't know he had."
Sheila Cornelisse
"A quick, enjoyable read, perfect for reluctant readers who like a 'feel good' story...Deals with subjects such as relationships, families, commitments, conflict and perserverance—a refreshing change."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Any reader who has ever taken lessons in anything—whether it be artistic or not—will appreciate Neil’s struggles and will completely understand the personal and family pressure he feels to perfect his craft. Readers will also appreciate the conflict he feels between family obligation and personal interests, and the author resolves the situation in a satisfying and realistic manner...This innovative series offers something for all kinds of readers whether they are directly involved in the performing arts or not. They are short, fast-paced and well executed—stories perfect for fans of performing arts-focused television shows such as Glee."
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The Family McClintock is becoming a household name up and down the coast of Cape Breton Island as word of their performances and Celtic music spreads. This talented family, complete with six musical children, is the epitome of Scottish charm, with their pale skin, freckles, and bright red hair. All of them, that is, except for middle child Neil, who not only does not look like the rest of the family but also does not share their versatile aptitude for a multitude of instruments and Celtic dance moves. Neil plays guitar, and he is good enough to form a rock band and enter a local talent show. Unfortunately, this is not an idea that is supported by his family—who need him around the clock for practice and shows. As the talent show draws closer, Neil knows that he will be forced to make a decision that not everyone is going to like. As with many of the Orca books, this story is presented in an easy-to-follow format that struggling readers can appreciate and find success with, yet the story depicted is on level with the age, not the lexican. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459804586
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Orca Limelights Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,037,763
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He spent his childhood reading, wandering the countryside, making up stories and bossing around his younger brothers. After high school, he studied English at Mount Allison University and then moved to Halifax, where he studied film production. For more information, visit www.tomwrotethat.com.

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