Tempo Change by Barbara Hall

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It’s tough enough defining your identity—imagine if your father was a rock legend.

Blanche Kelly's dad is a famous indie rock icon, but not many people at the private school she attends on scholarship know this. Her father left when she was in the first grade, and she can’t quite forgive her mom for not understanding that an artist like her dad needs the time and space to connect to his muse.

When Blanche creates an all-girl rock band, their sound captures a wide audience and the band is invited to compete at the Coachella Music Festival. Blanche feels this could be the perfect time for a reunion with her father. Won’t he be proud to hear her band? Won’t he be happy to get to know his only daughter?

Author Barbara Hall sensitively explores the expectations between parents and teens, as well as the value of learning about your past to make your own future.

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About Barbara Hall

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Barbara Hall is the author of eight novels and has written and produced numerous television shows, including Joan of Arcadia. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her daughter.
Published May 27, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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These concerns are neatly dramatized through a host of characters, most notably Blanche’s recovering alcoholic mother, who stuck with her daughter and whose scaled-back aspirations are modest, and Blanche’s self-absorbed, runaway father, a legend with an oversized talent and unresolved ambitions.

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Hall, a rocker as well as an author (The Noah Confessions), is familiar with the trappings that accompany life as a musician, yet this novel about a high school band's moment in the sun teeters between glam and corny.

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Maggie offers her three hundred dollars, so Blanche agrees to write about what happened, and the rest of the book is about her idea to form the Fringers, how they eventually made to the music festival Coachella, and how she performed on stage there with her father for the band’s last song, a rewo...

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