Guitar Notes

Guitar Notes Cover

Guitar Notes

By Mary Amato

Egmontusa, Hardcover, 9781606841242, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 24, 2012

A "sweet story of two different loners finding their counterpoint" (School Library Journal) from a star of state master and children's choice lists making her YA debut. Clean YA with the emotional resonancy of John Green and Sarah Dessen.
On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.
On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. ToTripp, she's trying to become even more perfect she's alreadya straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lylabegins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.
What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossomsinto the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, andthe forging of a very unlikely friendship.
Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novelof wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.

About the Author
Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including "Invisible Lines, " which was nominated for the California Young Readers Medal and was selected for the Missouri Truman Awards Master List. Of that book, "The Washington Post" states, you may come to learn . . . an important lesson about what really matters in life. But amid all that learning of important lessons, there will be a good bit of giggling, too.

A prolific songwriter, Mary sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. She also performs in the Washington, DC, area. "Guitar Notes" is her first novel for young adult readers.

Mary lives in Maryland with her family. You can visit her online at and learn more about writing your own music and the joy of thrumming at"