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Grades 9-12: Music-Themed Books

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Solstice by Lorence Alison
TEEN ALISON
Adri wants to have one last big trip before college. She decides to attend the Solstice music festival at an island paradise. As her and a bunch of entitled teen partiers arrive, they begin to realize this is nothing like the luxury festival they were promised. There’s not enough food, porta potties and nowhere to stay. Then the first dead body washes up on the beach. Will she escape?
Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
TEEN COLBERT
Raised by a workaholic father, eighteen-year-old Yvonne, faces difficult choices about love, her training as a violinist, college, and career as high school graduation draws near.
Give Me Some Truth: A Novel with Paintings by Eric Gansworth
TEEN GANSWORTH
In 1980 life is hard on the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York. Carson Mastick dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi Bokoni longs to create her own conceptual artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists. Tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and somehow Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.
Spin by Lamar Giles
TEEN GILES
DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables. Kya and Fuse, her two best friends are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other. When the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany Jackson with lyrics by Malik 16
TEEN JACKSON
When Quadir and Jarell’s best friend Steph is murdered, they set out to make sure rhymes and music are not forgotten. Enter Jasmine, Steph’s younger sister who is eager for justice. The three release the music under a created stage name which gets the attention of a hot-headed music executive and also uncovers some truths about what happened to Steph.
The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
J KHOURY
Twelve-year-old Amelia gets the opportunity to attend a boarding school and learn how to use music to create magic, hoping to become a Maestro like her deceased mother.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
TEEN LU
Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything.
Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
TEEN POWELL
Seventeen-year-old violinist Moira Alexander joins with an old friend, Jude Osric, in seeking a killer after the sirens who live near their island are falsely accused of murder.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
TEEN REDGATE
It's Jordan Sun's junior year at her school for the performing arts. When she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third straight year, she decides to don her most convincing drag, and audition for the school’s elite, all-male a cappella octet.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
TEEN THOMAS
As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral—for all the wrong reasons.
Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne
TEEN THORNE
Ruby and Oscar are caught up in a romance despite very different backgrounds and her having given up on music, while he is the protégé of her father, a renowned composer.
Last Things by Jacqueline West
TEEN WEST
Anders Thorson, front man of his metal band, Last Things, is unusually gifted for a teenager, but strange things in the Minnesota woods near his hometown are threatening him. Thea, the new girl in town, says she's there to protect him, but is that the whole truth?
Anthem by Deborah Wiles
J WILES
The remarkable story of two cousins who must take a road trip across American in 1969 in order to let a teen know he's been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Full of photos, music, and figures of the time, this is the masterful story of what it's like to be young and American in troubled times.
Impossible Music by Sean Williams
TEEN WILLIAMS
In a class for the newly deaf, former musician Simon meets G and his quest to create an entirely new form of music helps him better understand her, himself, and his relationship to the hearing world.