Rock 'n' Roll Rebel by Ginger Rue
(Tig Ripley)

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...the only significant character of color (troubling itself in this Tuscaloosa-set novel), is called a racial slur to illustrate bullying, but there is no further acknowledgement or discussion of the slur outside the occurrence. An unsuccessful attempt to inspire girls to rebel against conformity.
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Thirteen-year-old Tig Ripley has plenty of good reasons for starting an all-girl rock band. Never mind she doesn't play an instrument--she'll figure that out. Fronting a band is sure to propel her out of the background and into the spotlight at her middle school. So after a few weeks' worth of drumming lessons under her belt, she starts assembling her band. With her cousin Kyra agreeing to play bass, soon Tig has her piano-playing friend Olivia down for the keyboard. And then she convinces tough girl Robbie Chan to sign on as lead guitarist. With a cool name--Pandora's Box--all the band needs now is a killer lead singer. How hard can that be? But when Kyra invites obnoxious diva Haley Thornton to join the band, Tig realizes snagging a lead singer--the right lead singer--is not going to be easy. Everyone says the drummer is the heartbeat of a band--does Tig have what it takes to lead Pandora's Box?
 

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Published October 1, 2016 by Sleeping Bear Press. 349 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 22 2016

...the only significant character of color (troubling itself in this Tuscaloosa-set novel), is called a racial slur to illustrate bullying, but there is no further acknowledgement or discussion of the slur outside the occurrence. An unsuccessful attempt to inspire girls to rebel against conformity.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 20 2017

Rue’s (Jump) conventional plot leaves little room for surprise, and some of the idioms used by the band members (“My name is going to be mud”; “The walls have ears”) sound wooden and antiquated.

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