Thursday, January 15, 2009

Guitar Heroes and more

So you wanna be a superstar?
Live large, big house and five cars?

Check out these books about fortune and fame through music and acting .

Audrey, Wait!
Robin Benway
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, 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.

Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys
Francesca Lia Block
With their parents away, four young people form a rock band that becomes wildly popular, carrying them into a "freer" life than they can cope with.

Teen Idol
Meg Cabot
When teenage heartthrob Luke Stryker shows up at a small-town Indiana high school to do research for a movie role, he persuades junior Jenny Greenley to use her considerable talents to try to change things at school for the better.

Secrets of My Hollwood Life: A Novel
Jen Calonita
Longing to experience the life of a "normal" teenager, sixteen-year-old actress Kaitlin Burke assumes a false identity to attend a local high school.

Cecil Castelucci
Katy, a quiet French Canadian teenager, reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.

Pop Princess
Rachel Cohn
Yearning to escape the small Massachusetts town where her family retreated after her sister's death, Wonder Blake gets her chance when her sister's manager offers Wonder a record contract on her sixteenth birthday.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
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.

LBD : it's a girl thing
Grace Dent
Barred by their overprotective parents from attending a rock music festival, fourteen-year-olds Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude, also known as "Les Bambinos Dangereuses," decide to stage their own music festival at Blackwell School.

This Lullabye
Sarah Dessen
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.

Fat kid rules the world
K.L. Going
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.

Lemonade Mouth
Mark Peter Hughes
A disparate group of Rhode Island high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

Heavy metal and you
KrovatinHigh schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.

Carbon Diaries 2015
Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old rock musicial Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.

Guitar Girl Sarah ManningMolly, 17, never planned to reach pop stardom. She just enjoyed writing songs and playing music with her friends, Jane and Tara.

Rock star superstar Blake NelsonWhen Pete, a talented bass player, moves from playing in the high school jazz band to playing in a popular rock group, he finds the experience exhilarating even as his new fame jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Margaret.

Confessions of a backup dancer Tucker ShawKelly Kimball spent a summer as a backup dancer for Darcy Barnes, the biggest pop star in the world. Kelly's got the real story on Darcy, her life, her family, and her entourage -- and she's spilling it here for the first time. Glamour. Access. Scandal. Ever wonder what your favorite pop divas are like after the cameras stop rolling?

Drums, girls, & dangerous pie Jordan SonnenblickWhen his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old jazz drummer Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.

Nobody Does it Better: A Gossip Girl novel Cecily von ZiegesarScandal abounds as the uptown girls take "time to shop, drink, eat, and make merry," winding up their days as Constance Billard students with a Senior Spa Day that is crashed by The Raves rock group and assorted other guys.

Beautiful city of the dead Leander WattsAfter joining a heavy metal band, high school student Zee learns that she is a god of water and is called upon to fight sinister forces that want her powers for their own.

The last days : a novel Scott WesterfeldAs an ancient evil stirs beneath the streets of New York City, infecting rats and people like a plague, five quirky teens come together to form a "New Sound" band whose music seems to have paranormal power.

Pay The Piper Jane YolenWhen 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.

Gangsta rap Benjamin ZephaniahWhen teenage Ray and his two friends, Prem and Tyronne, form a successful rap band in the London's East End where they live, they soon find themselves embroiled in increasingly violent gang warfare.

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