Books with a music theme for teens. (2014)

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Guitar Notes
Mary Amato

TEEN AMATO

Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely frienship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.


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Audrey, Wait!
Robin Benway

TEEN BENWAY

While trying to score a date with her cute coworker at the Scooper Dooper, 16-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.


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Wise Young Fool
Sean Beaudoin

TEEN BEAUDOIN

A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.


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Beat the Band
Don Calame

TEEN CALAME

Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his “cool” by entering his musically-challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.


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Ten Miles Past Normal
Frances O'Roark Dowell

TEEN DOWELL

Because living with “modern-hippy” parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.


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Exile
Kevin Emerson

Exile series
ROM TEEN EMERSON

As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, 17-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.


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How to Rock Braces and Glasses
Meg Haston

TEEN HASTON

When popular middle-schooler Kacey Simon gets glasses and braces and is rejected by her crowd, she befriends a boy who is in a punk rock band and discovers some things about friendship, relationships, and herself.


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My Favorite Band Does Not Exist
Robert T. Jeschonek

TEEN JESCHONEK

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.


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Five Flavors of Dumb
Antony John

TEEN JOHN

Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.


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Amplified
Tara Kelly

TEEN KELLY

When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.


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The Disenchantments
Nina LaCour

TEEN LACOUR

Colby’s post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.


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Open Road Summer
Emery Lord

ROM TEEN LORD

Seventeen-year-old Reagan tries to escape heartbreak and a bad reputation by going on tour with her country superstar best friend, only to find more trouble as she falls for the surprisingly sweet guy hired to pose as the singer’s boyfriend.


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All Our Pretty Songs
Sarah McCarry

SF TEEN MCCARRY

In the Pacific Northwest, the bond between two best friends is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician comes between them and awakens an ancient evil.


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The Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson

TEEN NELSON

In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.


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Road Rash
Mark Huntley Parsons

TEEN PARSONS

When teen drummer, Zach, signed up to spend the summer on tour with a rock band, he didn’t realize the stairway to heaven was such a bumpy ride.


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This Song Will Save Your Life
Leila Sales

TEEN SALES

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.


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Are You Experienced?
Jordan Sonnenblick

TEEN SONNENBLICK

Fifteen-year-old Rich sneaks into his dad’s office and strums his dad’s prized possession, a vintage guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. He is immediately transported to the Woodstock Music Festival where his companions are his 15-year-old father and his uncle who died in 1969.


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Rock On: A Story of Guitars, Gigs, Girls, and a Brother (Not Necessarily in that Order)
Denise Vega

TEEN VEGA

High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star. But when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.


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The Scar Boys
Len Vlahos

TEEN VLAHOS

Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.


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Rock 'n' Roll Soldier
Dean Kohler

BIOGRAPHY KOHLER

Dean Kohler is about to make it big—he’s finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. When Captain orders him to form a rock band, it’s up to Dean to find instruments and players, pronto. This incredible true story is about music and camaraderie in the midst of chaos.


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