Monday, May 2, 2016

Guitar Notes

Amato, Mary.  Guitar Notes.  Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda LAB, c2012. 273 pages plus song lyrics and chording notes and link to web recordings.
Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2016-2017.

Have you ever felt pressured by parents and friends to the point of panic attacks?  Do you love music?  Have you ever felt your parents did not understand you?  This might be the book for you.  Lyla Marks is a cellist of the highest quality but is beginning to have panic attacks at the thought of performing and trying out for the many things her father has lined up for her. Her playing is technically perfect, but Tripp Broody thinks that it doesn't reflect her heart.  Tripp, on the other hand, doesn't care about too much of anything since his father died suddenly, except "thrumming' on his guitar. When his mom takes the guitar away in an attempt to get Tripp to study harder and make friends,  he signs up for a band practice room every other day.  Lyla has the same room on the alternate days.   What started as a snippy note about leaving trash behind in the practice room expands into an unusual friendship with some very unexpected consequences.

The book not only contains the lyrics and guitar chord notations, but a QR code will lead you to the website where you can listen to the songs.

Recommended for junior high and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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