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  • Wolf Island

By author: Lesley Choyce
Selling Points: music, school, making choices
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2004
Lexile Level: HL520L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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We played for ten minutes and drove home every last note. Al sang a barely audible lead and Drek and I tried to do backup vocals, but I don't think our mikes were even on. Toward the end, though, I had a long, crazy riff to play on my guitar. And you know what? It sounded good. It sounded better than I had ever played.
It was like my guitar and my fingers were doing all the work. I just stood there and watched. My fingers danced like fireworks. The lights sent mirror blasts of magic to the four corners of the room. And when I cranked the heat up to the absolute boiling point, we cut the song. Right on cue. Just like in practice.

Jeremy's band is hot—really hot. Thunderbowl is on the way up and they have had their first big break—a long-term gig at a local bar. The only problem is that while Jeremy should be doing his homework and keeping up in school, he is spending most nights in a rowdy club, trying to keep the band together while his life is falling apart. Trying to balance his dreams of success with the hard realities of the music business, Jeremy is forced to make some tough choices.
VOYA - February 1, 2005
"Choyce creates a book in which the plot starts quickly and the reader is instantly attached to the main character...Any teacher or librarian who works with reluctant readers should definitely include this book."
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2005
"The story line is well peppered with tension and action. The subject matter and brusque style of presentation may also help to invite teen readers to turn off the rock music and pick up the book. Recommended."
Resource Links - January 1, 2005
"This book would certainly appeal to teenagers. The language is inviting without being intimidating. Jeremy's voice rings true as it highlights his passion for music...The story deals with teenage angst without being corny or superficial."
CM Magazine - September 1, 2004
"Jeremy is a believable and multidimensional character - mature, thoughtful and not always predictable in his actions...The power of the story lies in the depiction of a young man making his own decisions and taking responsibility for the consequences."


YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2005
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2005
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2004


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