For What It's Worth (Hardcover)
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805093650, 288pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
The year is 1971 and the place is Laurel Canyon, California. Quinn, a fourteen-year-old music "encyclopedia," writes a music column—called "For What It's Worth"—for his school paper. But Quinn's world is about to change when he is faced with helping a war dodger and must make some tough decisions. When he starts receiving cryptic Ouija board messages from Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix (all members of the 27 Club), he knows he is in over his head. Fortunately for Quinn, his new girlfriend Caroline helps him get a grip and channel his inner self.
About the Author
Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her bestselling My Life As a Book series is illustrated by her son, Jake. They also collaborated on the Einstein the Class Hamster series.
Janet collaborated with fellow Macmillan author Laurie Keller on the chapter book series Marty Frye, Private Eye. Janet currently lives in Los Angeles and made her new home city the setting of the Sticker Girl series, which details the adventures of Martina who overcomes being shy with the help of her magical stickers that come to life.
Praise For For What It's Worth: A Novel…
“Tashjian…paints a vivid scene of early ‘70s California lifestyles.” —VOYA
“Tashjian is spot-on…” —School Library Journal
“...the endless stream of musical and historical references places the action very firmly in 1971-72 and showcases Tashjian's flawless research…” —Kirkus
“Even those who do not share Quinn's musical passion will be inspired by his growing understanding of the complex adult world and the sacrifice he makes.” —Publishers Weekly
“Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review on My Life as a Book
“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on My Life as a Book
“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” —School Library Journal on My Life as a Book