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Fiction Ages 11-14
Pages: 144
Themes: reality TV, friendship, romance, singing
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2014
Fry Reading Level: 6.5
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Gerri waits outside all night to audition for Big Time, her favorite TV singing competition. She believes she has a shot at success, but when she’s insulted by one of the judges and kicked out of the competition, she thinks she’ll probably never sing again. After a teacher at her school asks her to join a choral club, Gerri reluctantly gets involved. Even though she can’t read music and she doesn’t know the other kids, she finds herself enjoying the group and learning a lot about music. A cute guy she met at the Big Time auditions joins the group, and when they perform their unique mashups at an open-mic night, Gerri realizes there’s more than one way to be a successful—and happy—singer!

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - November 7, 2014
"Readers who have a musical interest will appreciate Gerri’s musical journey. It’s also refreshing to read about Gerri’s family that is extremely supportive of her dreams but realistic. Music brings generations together in this novel. The Limelights series promises readers a quick, interesting read and this book delivers."
Bookish Serendipity blog - July 3, 2014
"I would recommend this book, due to its stellar characters and unique concept. Performing arts novels are quite rare after all!"
Resource Links - February 1, 2014
"A believable and instructive story about art and life."
CM Magazine - January 17, 2014
"A feel-good story that is all about a love of music and following one’s dreams."
Publishers Weekly - January 17, 2014
"Readers will want to ride along for the high hopes and disappointments, as well as the self-discovery that is part of Gerri’s journey to embrace and polish her talent."


Junior Library Guild selection  | 2014 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended

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Performing art novels
for ages 11–14

Key Features:

Aimed at middle-school students with an interest in the performing arts.

Topics include music, dance, theater, the circus and magic.

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