Battle of the Bandsby K. L. Denman
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Jay, Kelvin and Cia are the Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band who are convinced they are on the way up. They want to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Jay is struggling to write new material but finds he lacks the experience to come up with a truly original song. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan’s guitar is trashed right before the contest, the Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.
Gr 9 Up
Suburban Vancouver teen Jay lives for his band's rehearsals. The Lunar Ticks are practicing for an upcoming Battle of the Bands that will match them against a neighboring high school's standout, Indigo Daze. Jay's growing crush on its lead singer adds a layer of romance to the story. The members of the band get into and out of trouble and into and out of fights with one another, and the group is ultimately successful at the competition (even though they don't win). The characters are edgy but likable. The short chapters and fast-paced, rock-themed action will appeal to reluctant and struggling readers, particularly those who are serious about their music.
Kristin AndersonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The smell in the garage is lousy. Old bulbs coated with years of dust and cobwebs don't cast the best light either. But when I pick up my guitar and my fingers find the strings, and that first riff comes screaming out of the amp, the only thing that matters is sound.
Meet the Author
K.L. Denman was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent her childhood in a house one street away from the open prairie. When she was 11, her family moved to Delta, British Columbia, and she got to know life on the coast: tides, clam digging, rain gear, green grass year-round and enormous trees. It was there that Kim and her sisters got their first pony. She continued to live near Vancouver for many years while finishing school, attending college, and eventually getting married and starting a family. She always loved writing and when her teen children and their friends provided inspiration and re-kindled memories of this challenging passage, writing for teens became an irresistible venture.
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Jay, Kel & Cia make up the band, The Lunar Ticks. They play well enough to win every competition at their high school, but can't seem to come on top when competing against other bands in the community. Jay is accused of smashing the guitar of a girl in another band the night before their bands are scheduled to go head-to-head. The author weaves romance, jealousy, and death into the story.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS centers around Jay, who is trying to win a band competition. The only problem is that the girl of his dreams is also competing!
While all of this drama is going on, Kel and Cia (another member of the band) start going out!
And Jay and his midnight sneak-outs are getting a little out of hand.
Will Jay win the competition and get the girl?
That is for you to find out by reading BATTLE OF THE BANDS, a fun, short story.