Despite his dreams of hipster rock glory, Ari Abramson's band, the Tribe, is more white bread than indie-cred. Made up of four suburban teens from a wealthy Jewish school, their Mötley Crüe is about as hardcore as SAT prep and scripture studies. But after a one-song gig at a friend's Bar Mitzvah—a ska cover of "Hava Nagilah"—the Tribe's popularity erupts overnight. Now, Ari is forced to navigate a minefield of inflated egos, misplaced romance, and the shallowness of indie-rock elitism. It's a hard lesson in the complex art of playing it cool.
*A Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens
*An Independent Publishers Silver Medalist for Multicultural Fiction
*A Booklist Top Ten Young Adult Arts Books for Teens Selection
*A Booklist Top Ten Young Adult Religion Books for Teens Selection
"So Punk Rock bristles with humor, witty dialogue, and edgy illustrations."
—School Library Journal's Curriculum Connections
So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)
Who Done It?
A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers.
Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? That man is Herman Mildew.
The anthology opens with an invitation to a party, care of this insufferable monster, where more than 80 of the most talented, bestselling and recognizable names in YA and children’s fiction learn that they are suspects in his murder. All must provide alibis in brief first-person entries. The problem is that all of them are liars, all of them are fabulists, and all have something to hide...
"Filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children’s authors...clever."
Seventeen-year-old Winnie Flynn doesn't know why her mother killed herself. All she knows is that her dad said yes when Winnie's estranged aunt Maggie proposed that Winnie spend the summer with her. Now Winnie is working as a production assistant on Fantastic Fearsome, the paranormal reality TV show Maggie produces and hosts. This season the show has fresh, young talent (including one Devil Hunter named Seth, who is as earnest as he is cute), and Maggie has big plans to track down the famous Jersey Devil. As much as she loves horror movies, Winnie doesn't believe in ghosts—or the Devil. But as she gets to know the Hunters and learns more about the Devil's strange history, Winnie begins to wonder if there might be some fact to the fantastic here. Soon, she realizes her family may have a stronger connection to the Devil than she could have imagined. But even Winnie's firm skepticism and calm might not be enough to keep her safe. Written as a scrapbook-style letter for her friend Lucia, this novel is a mixed-media adventure filled with Winnie's dry humor, illustrations, shooting scripts, and other ephemera beyond the traditional narrative.
—School Library Journal