By Barbara Hall
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780385736084, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 9, 2010
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Barbara Hall captures the voice of a teenage girl who not only writes and performs music but also deals with a famous but absent father.
Not many people at the private school Blanche Kelly attends on scholarship know that she’s the daughter of someone famous. It has always made her feel special to know that her father is an indie rock icon, even if he did leave when she was in first grade. Blanche’s mother has had to provide for her alone since then, and it hasn’t been easy, but Blanche can’t quite forgive her mom for not understanding that an artist like her dad needs time and space to connect to his muse. So when she and her father get in contact again, Blanche keeps it a secret from her mother.
Meanwhile, acting on a crazy spur-of-the-moment decision, Blanche creates an all-girl rock band. Their sound quickly captures a wide audience, and they are invited to compete at the Coachella Music Festival. Blanche realizes that this could be the perfect opportunity for a reunion with her father. Won’t her father be proud to hear her band, whether they win or not?
Barbara Hall is the author of seven novels and is currently Writer/Co Executive Producer of the television show, Homeland. She has written and produced numerous other television shows including Northern Exposure, Chicago Hope, and Judging Amy, and created the Emmy-nominated series Joan of Arcadia.