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Make Your Own Music

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Author: Eric Gansworth

Love this cover! .... school, bullying, family, friendship, dating, and one of the best parts..... links to classic rock music from the late 1970s!  Queen, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Wings....  Smart 7th grader, Lewis Blake, is a Native American attending a public school that is filled with unrest.  HIs friend, George, has a mutual interest in music and the forge through middle school with all its bumps and growing pains.  This book kept me riveted through to the dramatic end.

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Author: Sarra Manning

First Line: There's a stack of folders piled up on the desk in front of me.

The first line was hardly what I would call gripping. *sigh* However, I did enjoy how Mistress Manning's prologue was what was going on to our young Rocker Molly Montgomery at the present moment, then the story proceeds as she tells us what her life was like through her year of fame.

"My name is Molly Montgomery. I'm nineteen years old, and I'm being sued for £ 5,000,000 by my former record company..."

*Gasps* Now my gloved hands are shaking in great anticipation. I simply could not image little ol' me being sued for such a grand amount. The premise has such great potential. Sadly the book fell a slight bit short for me.

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Author: Gayle Forman

Didn't find this novel quite as gripping as the first, but still a great read.

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Author: Adam Selzer

Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .” This book was really funny in the beginning, but by the end I was bawling my eyes out. Such a cute story, but it ended much to soon. 5/5 stars, I love me some Zombies.

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Author: Antony John

Piper has never listened to rock music at all in her life until a local band called Dumb starts playing on the school steps. Piper is deaf. She can't hear the music but she can feel it. She thinks they're really horrible, but then they make her manager and she changes them for the better, but to stay manager she needs to get them a paid gig. I give this book 5/5 stars. It's really funny, and it's about music.

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Author: Rachel Caine

Everyone knows Michael Glass is an incredible musician, so when he get called out to Dallas to cut a demo Amelie allows him permission, but there's a catch: they have to take an escort, and they all dislike each other. This is the worst road trip ever. I gave this book 4/5 stars. It's good, but I just don't like bits of it, for instance: they don't even get to Dallas until pretty much the last chapter of the book, even though the briefing on the back of the book is all about going to Dallas and it says nothing about what happens on the way there.

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Author: Gaston Leroux

Okay, so who hasn't heard of the Phantom of the Opera? It's a story about an opera house that is haunted by a man, a genius, a mad genius, a mad genius that happened to a monster, but he was quite human, though, still a monster. He has the face of "Death's head", four dark holes in his face. Two holes instead of eyes, he had no nose, and for a mouth, well...you'll have to figure that one out for your self. He also did some terrible things, including murder, kidnapping, torturing...the list goes on. It is also a story of a young girl named Christine Daae, who lost her father at a young age. Before he died he told her that when he was in heaven, he would send her the Angel of Music, and she has been visited by the angel. Then one day she comes forth on the stage and enchants every one with a voice like...an angel's. In the crowd there is a young man who recognizes her from their child-hood years. But when they meet each other again, Christine seems distant.

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Author: Yvonne Prinz

Allie is an old-fashioned music lover who works at her favorite place in the world, Bob and Bob Records. To find if there's anyone out there like her, Allie creates a blog called "The Vinyl Princess". Allie meets Joel, who seems like a nice, charming guy, but when there are robberies being reported, Allie thinks that her guy just might be the criminal. Allie finds that she is right, and the boy she thought she belonged to was really using her to rob Bob and Bob's. Then Allie meets Zach, a cute boy who also loves records and soon they fall in love. This story is a page-turner, I read it in 2 days.

Dragonsong

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Title: Dragonsong
Author: Anne McCaffrey

On the planet Pern, deadly threadlike spores are seared from the sky by fire breathing dragons and their Dragonriders. While this revered group patrols the skies, the Pern’s citizens live in stone Holds on the planet’s surface. At Half Circle Sea Hold, 15-year old Menolly loves music, traditionally the province of the all male Harper’s Craft Hall. Unfortunately, Menolly is a girl. Stifled and beaten by her father for her ‘tunings’ and unable to face the life of drudgery that looms before her in the sea Hold, Menolly runs away. Finding herself caught out of the Hold during a Threadfall, she finds shelter in a sea cave along with a group of fire lizards – creatures thought to be a myth. In her cave with her new friends, Menolly discovers her strength and independence and revels in her new found freedom to explore her musical gifts. This is a great series for fans of sci-fi/fantasy or music. And if you enjoy this trilogy, I’d recommend going on to the author’s Dragonriders of Pern series; it turns it’s focus to a grave threat facing the Dragonriders.

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