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I Heart Band!
ISBN: 9780448456836
Author: Schusterman, Michelle/ Kote, Genevieve (ILT)
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Published: January 2014
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: On her first day of seventh grade, Holly Mead learns that her new band director is surprisingly strict and that her best friend has replaced her with the new French horn player.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 4.00" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Middle School, Chapter Books, Art/Music
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 October #3)

Holly Mead prepares for seventh grade and the start of advanced band the same way she prepares for everything: with schedules, lists, and color-coded charts. Holly's perfectionist tendencies are no match for the things that go wrong on her first day at Millican Middle School, from her older brother spilling juice on her carefully selected outfit to the arrival of new girl Natasha, who seems to be moving in on Holly's best friend Julia. It only gets worse when it turns out that, like Holly, Natasha plays French horn. The competition for first chair in band, as well as for Julia's affections, heats up fast in this upbeat read, first in a series. Young musicians will be right at home with all the band details debut author Schuster-man includes, and she's just as on target when it comes to strained friendships, budding crushes, and science quizzes, too; Holly's struggles to tame her inner competitor and learn to share will resonate. Readers should be eager to check out Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies, available simultaneously. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 January)

Gr 4–7—Self-proclaimed perfectionist Holly Mead is sure she's going to rock seventh grade, or at least the first day. Her outfit coordinates with her cool backpack, and she has color-coded the map of the school and coordinated her schedule with her BFF, Julia. Julia has been mostly MIA for the last part of the summer, and Holly is eager to reconnect. She's also anxious about the new band director and whether she'll be first chair in the French horn section. Then her brother spills juice all over her and she's forced to carry his old Batman backpack. The band director seems nice but has some strict rules and plans chair tests. Nothing is as Holly intended. Her voice is hysterically and charmingly self-centered, the middle school setting and dialogue are authentic, and the friend/frenemy dynamic and resolution play out realistically. Fellow band geeks will be thrilled to see themselves in Holly and nonmusicians will appreciate the world of music. A sweet debut.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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