Best friends Tatum and Lori are used to doing everything together-including a clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But all that changes when Michael transfers to their middle school, and into their band. Suddenly, not only is he competition for Tatum's spot on stage, but he's stealing Lori, too.Read more...
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Best friends Tatum and Lori are used to doing everything together-including a clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But all that changes when Michael transfers to their middle school, and into their band. Suddenly, not only is he competition for Tatum's spot on stage, but he's stealing Lori, too. Tatum doesn't like change no matter its form: not with her good friend Aaron, who seems to believe her fib that they're secretly boyfriend and girlfriend. And not with her mom either, who, to cope with a separation from her dad, is performing in community theater, of all things
Amy Fellner Dominy composes an equally heartwarming and hilarious story of how holding tight to the status quo can mean missing out on the future-and how often times the best way to move forward is by going solo.
- ISBN-13: 9780802723741
- ISBN-10: 0802723748
- Publisher: Walker & Co
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 264
- Reading Level: Ages 9-UP
- Dimensions: 1 x 5.75 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Middle-schoolers Tatum and Lori are best friends until Michael Malone moves to town, competing with Tatum both for Lori’s attention and in the upcoming honor band auditions. “So, yeah, he was cute—if you liked guys who moved in at the last minute and threatened to take your place in District Honor Band. Which I didn’t,” Tatum says. Last year, the girls played a duet together at the audition, but when Lori starts missing practice sessions to help Michael with his solo—and later announces that she’s playing a duet with him—Tatum is forced to reassess their relationship and rely on herself. Meanwhile, Tatum’s parents have separated, her mother is performing in community theater (to Tatum’s mortification), and her fellow clarinetist Aaron is turning into more than a friend. Dominy (OyMG) presents a believably conflicted protagonist with a narrative voice to match; musicians will appreciate the many details Dominy works into the story. Tatum confronts her predicaments with humor and growing maturity as she builds the confidence necessary to handle change. Ages 10–14. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)