Authors Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg collaborated with illustrator Jeff Stokely to rewrite “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” with a romance between the Piper and a deaf girl and with an answer to how he performed his magic. Admittedly, I was more interested in Jay Asher, who authored Thirteen Reasons Why, contributing to the story line than I was in a retelling of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” I didn’t have high hopes for Piper, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I should have went with my gut.
Mara is a music student who is close to her brother, madly in love with her ex, and writes for an empowering magazine that she founded. While she has been dealing with the aftermath of asking Charlie to be best friends instead of together, her twin brother, Owen, raped one of her best friends, Hannah, at a party. Now she has to figure out how….
I want to try something new by connecting books to music. Fortunately, Spines on a Line hosts the monthly meme Music Monday. It was inspired by #MusicMonday on Twitter. It seems to be pretty flexible about making those connections. Today I’m making a soundtrack for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. This novel is very music-focused with four… Continue reading Music Monday: Wintersong
In this beautiful retelling of multiple stories, a girl becomes a woman who learns who she is, works through the trials of a relationship, and fights for life. The Goblin King has been a legend that has haunted Liesl all her life as the Lord of Mischief, a muse, and her playmate. Liesl and her sister, Käthe, go to the market where they spot strange men selling tempting fruit. While Liesl….
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Pub. Date: 2013 Genres: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, YA Pages: 308 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Lucy Beck-Moreau, once a famous child pianist, is still trying to cope with quitting piano. She decided to quit when her family hid that her grandmother was dying before a performance in Prague. When the… Continue reading The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Erica Kennedy was confirmed dead. No one has confirmed an exact death date yet. She was 42 years old. She was a music writer who became a novelist in 2004 with her first novel, Bling. Bling is a satirical roman à clef about the world of hip-hop. In 2009, she wrote Feminista. Ms. Kennedy will be… Continue reading Erica Kennedy, R.I.P.