Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands


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Fifteen young adult authors and one real-life rock star band together for one epic—and interconnected—take on a memorable high school rite of passage.

A daughter of rock ’n’ roll royalty has a secret crush. A lonely ticket taker worries about his sister. An almost-famous songwriter nurses old wounds. A stage manager tires of being behind the scenes. A singer-songwriter struggles to untangle her feelings for her best friend and his girlfriend. In this live-out-loud anthology, the disparate protagonists of sixteen stories are thrown together for one unforgettable event: their high school’s battle of the bands. Told in a harmonic blend of first- and third-person narrative voices, roughly chronological short stories offer a kaleidoscopic view of the same transformative night. Featuring an entry from Justin Courtney Pierre, lead vocalist of Motion City Soundtrack, Battle of the Bands is a celebration of youth, music, and meeting the challenges of life head-on.

With stories by Brittany Cavallaro, Preeti Chhibber, Jay Coles, Katie Cotugno, Lauren Gibaldi, Shaun David Hutchinson, Ashley Poston, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Sarah Nicole Smetana, Eric Smith, Jenn Marie Thorne, Sarvenaz Taghavian, Jasmine Warga, Ashley Woodfolk, and Jeff Zentner, and featuring Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Courtney Pierre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536214338
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 698,643
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Gibaldi is a public librarian and the author of The Night We Said Yes, Autofocus, and This Tiny Perfect World. She has also contributed short stories to the anthologies Welcome Home and Color Outside the Lines. Lauren Gibaldi lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and daughters.

Eric Smith is a literary agent and the author of The Geek’s Guide to Dating, The Girl and the Grove, Don’t Read the Comments, and You Can Go Your Own Way. Eric Smith lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Miss Somewhere Brittany Cavallaro 1

Cecilia (You're Breaking My Heart) Ashley Poston 18

Sidelines Sarah Nicole Smetana 36

Battle of the Exes Sarvenaz Taghavian 60

Love Is a Battlefield Shaun David Hutchinson 73

You Found Me Ashley Woodfolk 97

Adventures in Babysitting Justin Courtney Pierre 117

Peanut Butter Sandwiches Jasmine Warga 136

Reckless Love Jay Coles 148

The Ride Jenn Marie Thorne 173

Three Chords Eric Smith 189

Merch to Do About Nothing Preeti Chhibber 202

All These Friends and Lovers Katie Cotugno 224

A Small Light Jenny Torres Sanchez 245

Set the World on Fire Lauren Gibaldi 260

The Sisterhood of Light and Sound Jeff Zentner 274

About the Contributors 301

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