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Rockers, Punks, and Freaks

Audrey, Wait!
Audrey, Wait! By Benway, Robin (Book - 2008 ) FIC B and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

Beige
Beige By Castellucci, Cecil, 1969- (Paperback - 2009 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When Katy moves from Canada to Los Angeles, she figures she'll bury her nose in a book and ignore the fact that she's spending two weeks with her estranged father -- the drummer for the famously infamous band Suck. After all, she is a nice girl, a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she?

Born to Rock
Born to Rock By Korman, Gordon (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Leo, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend, and becomes a roadie on his father’s comeback tour.

Debbie Harry Sings in French
Debbie Harry Sings in French By Brothers, Meagan (Book - 2008 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When Johnny completes an alcohol rehabilitation program and his mother sends him to live with his uncle in North Carolina, he meets Maria, who seems to understand his fascination with the new wave band Blondie.

Fat Kid Rules the World
Fat Kid Rules the World By Going, K. L. (Paperback - 2004 ) FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Friend Is Not A Verb
Friend Is Not A Verb A Novel By Ehrenhaft, Daniel (Book - 2010 ) FIC E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:While sixteen-year-old Hen's family and friends try to make his supposed dreams of becoming a rock star come true, he deals with the reality of being in a band with an ex-girlfriend, a friendship that may become love, and his older sister's mysterious disappearance and reappearance.

The Girl Who Became A Beatle
The Girl Who Became A Beatle By Taylor, Greg, 1951- (Book - 2011 ) FIC T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars.

King Dork
King Dork By Portman, Frank (Paperback - 2006 ) FIC P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

My Favorite Band Does Not Exist
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist By Jeschonek, Robert T. (Book - 2011 ) FIC J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Idea Deity, who believes that he is a character in a novel who will die in the sixty-fourth chapter, has created a fictional underground rock band on the internet which, it turns out, may actually exist, and whose members are wondering who is broadcasting all their personal information.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist By Cohn, Rachel (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC C All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Orfe
Orfe By Voigt, Cynthia (Book - 1992 ) FIC V Available by request Availability details

Annotation:Enny tells of her relationship with Orfe, an unusually talented musician, and of the love between Orfe and Yuri, a recovering addict.

Pay the Piper
Pay the Piper By Yolen, Jane (Book - 2005 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.

The Return of Death Eric
The Return of Death Eric By Llewellyn, Sam, 1948- (Book - 2006 )

Annotation:Convinced that a raven has cursed him with bad luck, Eric Trashmettle ends his career as leader of Death Eric, the best rock band in the universe, and becomes an embarassment to his two children who, when they realize that the family's finances are suffering, plot to get him back on the stage for a comeback.

Rock and Roll Love
Rock and Roll Love By Rocks, Misako (Book - 2007 ) GRAPHIC GN FIC R

Annotation:When Misako comes from Japan to the U.S. as an exchange student, she is overwhelmed by all the cultural differences. But then she befriends Zac, the lead singer in a rock band. (Graphic novel)

Scott Pilgrim
Scott Pilgrim By O'Malley, Bryan Lee (Book - 2004 ) GRAPHIC GN FIC O and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9

Annotation:Scott Pilgrim is in a rock band and dating a cute high school girl. Then, a rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life. Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. (Manga series)

She's Got the Beat
She's Got the Beat By Krulik, Nancy E. (Book - 2010 ) FIC K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Miranda was the quiet type -- until she moved to Austin, Texas, home of the hippest rock bands. Miranda is dying to break out of her small-town shell. So she decides to do something totally un-Miranda: learn to play the drums.

So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint your Mother)
So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint your Mother) A Novel By Ostow, Micol (Paperback - 2009 ) FIC O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock band that becomes inexplicably popular, creating exhilaration, friction, confrontation, and soul-searching among its members.

Struts & Frets
Struts & Frets By Skovron, Jon (Book - 2009 ) FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather's decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it.

Ten Miles Past Normal
Ten Miles Past Normal By Dowell, Frances O'Roark (Book - 2011 ) FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Living on a goat farm with "modern-hippy" parents means Janie does not have a normal high school life, until she joins a jam band, makes some new friends, and begins working on a local history project.

The Vinyl Princess
The Vinyl Princess By Prinz, Yvonne (Book - 2010 ) FIC P Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Avenue and deals with crushes--her own and her mother's--her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.

Where She Went
Where She Went By Forman, Gayle (Book - 2011 ) FIC F and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 26

Annotation:Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier. (Sequel to If I Stay)

Whip It
Whip It By Cross, Shauna (Paperback - 2009 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name “Babe Ruthless,” her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

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I wanna rock 'n roll all night, and read these books everyday! The following teen reader's advisory list features characters in bands or inspired by music in some way. Many times these characters are bad boys, wanna-be bad boys, wanna-be-with-the-bad-boys, or just plain old high school outcasts.


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