Drummer Girl by Karen Bass

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The Fourth Down needs a drummer, and Sid's the best in the school. But right from the start, the all-male band makes her struggle. One member outright votes against a girl in the group. And as for the lead singer, Rocklin, if Sid's going to make it in his band, she’s going to have to start dressing the part of a girl. Accustomed to being invisible, Sid quickly discovers the consequences of the makeover she undergoes at the hands of her cousin, who knows exactly how the girl-game is played. It's not only that playing kit in a skirt is impractical. As someone who was once taunted about her sexuality for being a drum-playing girl who likes shop class, Sid is now forced to deal with guys who think her new look makes her fair game. Frustrated with the two stereotypes forced on her and other girls –gay or slut – Sid turns even more to her music. The band can't deny she’s the best, but, as Sid soon discovers, sometimes being good still isn't good enough. Drummer Girl tackles the dangerous side of peer pressure and the politics of identity in high school, and ultimately, what it means to march to the beat of your own drum.

About Karen Bass

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Karen Bass has been interested in World War II since childhood. She began writing shortly after she was hired to manage a local library, and her stories and articles have been published in local newspapers, magazine and anthologies, and nationally in Writers Circle Nine and the Canadian Writer's Journal. Run Like JAger is her first novel. A fourth-generation Albertan, Karen attended the University of Alberta, and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria.
Published August 1, 2011 by Coteau Books. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A girl obsessed with music must deal with sexual harassment as she struggles to fit in with a band.

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