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Music is in Sammys blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammys indie rock band could be huge one day—if they dont self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all their compromises and reassure Sammy that his lifes dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammys grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

Told in a voice thats honest and wry, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but also with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if theyd ever find their place in the world.

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"This first novel about a boy who loves music can be heavy-handed, but it hits enough high notes to be a crowd-pleaser. Sammy is trying to keep his band, Tragedy of Wisdom, together, but with a bullying singer and a spacey bassist, it seems destined to end in disaster. Of course, Sammy's got his own problems, from his grandfather's deteriorating health to a good friend who is hoping to escalate their relationship. After a bad open mike night, Sammy is convinced he 'can't sing in front of other people.' The characters are a bit extreme, such as Joe, the band's rage-ridden frontman from the projects who writes a song about the 'sanity closet.' Readers will easily predict the trajectory of Sammy's story, but even so, this angsty protagonist is an easy character to like, and readers will relate to his struggle with the fact that '[t]hings happened that you couldn't control.' The use of music throughout, as well as descriptions of what it's like to play and perform, add flourish to this coming-of-age story. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather's decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it while his mother stays too busy to help.

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Jon Skovron is a music geek who can play nine instruments, but none of them well. This is his first novel. In his spare time, he writes technical manuals and tries to forget about his sordid past as an actor. He lives with his wife and two kids outside Washington, D.C. To learn more about him, the book, or the music, visit him at www.strutsandfretsbook.com.

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Melody Murray, January 19, 2011 (view all comments by Melody Murray)
Oh, this was fun! The authorial voice was completely authentic- so much so that I found myself saying stern motherly things to the protagonist. Out loud.

Sammy lives for music, but he's also a regular teenage kid with insecurities, blind spots, family issues and in short, a normal life. I love reading about kids with normal lives, kids who are not Representing A Disorder. Samuel is hilarious to read about from an adult perspective, too- this book works on more than one level, and hits on all cylinders.

This is a lovely coming-of-age book with a satisfyingly complex cast of characters, believable dialogue, and a solid plot.

My favorite part is the dialogue about sex between Sammy and his loving but occasionally clueless mom. I can't resist sharing a bit of it:

"But the stuff she said didn't exactly make me feel any more ready, especially conversations that went something like this:

MOM: You know, Sam, when you do decide to start having sex, which shouldn't be anytime soon because you're much too young--

ME: Oh, God, Mom. Can't we just watch the movie?

MOM: No, I just want to clarify that the scene you have just witnessed has very little to do with a realistic and healthy sexual union.

ME: I get it. It's just a movie. I don't plan on hunting down killer cyborgs, either. Now, can we--"

And it goes on, and just gets funnier, from there.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810941748
Author:
Skovron, Jon
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Single-parent families
Subject:
Self-confidence
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Boys / Men
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 11
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
12-16

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This first novel about a boy who loves music can be heavy-handed, but it hits enough high notes to be a crowd-pleaser. Sammy is trying to keep his band, Tragedy of Wisdom, together, but with a bullying singer and a spacey bassist, it seems destined to end in disaster. Of course, Sammy's got his own problems, from his grandfather's deteriorating health to a good friend who is hoping to escalate their relationship. After a bad open mike night, Sammy is convinced he 'can't sing in front of other people.' The characters are a bit extreme, such as Joe, the band's rage-ridden frontman from the projects who writes a song about the 'sanity closet.' Readers will easily predict the trajectory of Sammy's story, but even so, this angsty protagonist is an easy character to like, and readers will relate to his struggle with the fact that '[t]hings happened that you couldn't control.' The use of music throughout, as well as descriptions of what it's like to play and perform, add flourish to this coming-of-age story. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather's decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it while his mother stays too busy to help.
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