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Reservation blues

Alexie, Sherman, 1966-


The life of Spokane Indian Thomas Builds-the-Fire irrevocably changes when blues legend Robert Johnson miraculously appears on his reservation and passes the misfit storyteller his enchanted guitar. Inspired by this gift, Thomas forms Coyote Springs, an all-Indian Catholic band who find themselves on a magical tour that leads from reservation bars to Seattle and New York--and deep within their own souls.

Guitar notes

Amato, Mary.


Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.

I am (not) the walrus

Briant, Ed.


As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar.

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist

Cohn, Rachel.


High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

A little wanting song

Crowley, Cath.


One Australian summer, two very different sixteen-year-old girls--Charlie, a talented but shy musician, and Rose, a confident student longing to escape her tiny town--are drawn into an unexpected friendship, as told in their alternating voices.

If I stay : a novel

Forman, Gayle.


While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Where she went

Forman, Gayle.


Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

Fat kid rules the world

Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)


Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Recommended by Chy at Lake Stevens Library

My big mouth : 10 songs I wrote that almost got me killed

Hannan, Peter.


When Davis Delaware moves to a new school after the death of his mother, he immediately gets on the wrong side of Gerald, the school bully, when he creates a band called The Amazing Dweebs along with Molly, the girl he has a crush on--who also happens to be Gerald's girlfriend.

Lemonade Mouth

Hughes, Mark Peter.


A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

Five flavors of Dumb

John, Antony.


Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.


Kelly, Tara.


When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.

The Disenchantments

LaCour, Nina.


Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.

The return of Death Eric

Llewellyn, Sam, 1948-


Convinced that a raven has cursed him with bad luck, Eric Trashmettle ends his career as leader of Death Eric, the best rock band in the universe, and becomes an embarrassment to his two children who, when they realize that the family's finances are suffering, plot to get him back on the stage for a comeback.


Marti?nez, Jessica.


Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

The daughters take the stage

Philbin, Joanna.


Fourteen-year-old Hudson is a gifted singer/songwriter like her mother, pop sensation Holla Jones, but while working on her debut album, Hudson struggles to convince her mother that she would rather stick with her own, intimate style than follow her mother's path to fame.

Under the baseball moon

Ritter, John H., 1951-


Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

Eleanor & Park

Rowell, Rainbow.


"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"--

Beck. Gig 1, Mongolian chop squad

Sakuishi, Harorudo.


Sakuishi's addictive manga series is now available in the U.S. Shy 14-year-old Yukio Tanaka's life is changed forever when he meets rocker Ryusuke Minami, an unpredictable 16-year-old with a cool dog named Beck. Full color. Rated for older teens.

Ballad : a gathering of faerie

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-


When music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians, his talent attracts Nuala, a faerie muse who fosters and feeds on creative energies, but soon he finds himself battling the Queen of the Fey for the very lives of Deirdre and Nuala.

The girl who became a Beatle

Taylor, Greg, 1951-


Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles-obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars.

Rock on : a story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order)

Vega, Denise.


High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star, but when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.

I'm glad I did

Weil, Cynthia, author.


In 1963 sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City's famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner in Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music, and they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who's fallen on hard times, with a secret past.

The Mozart season

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.


Allegra Shapiro decides to enter a prestigious competition for young musicians, but ends up spending the summer doing more than practicing the violin. She learns important lessons about her family and herself, in this novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning "True Believer."

Nana. Vol. 1

Yazawa, Ai, 1961-


Two 20-year-old women share the same name. Even though they come from completely different backgrounds, they meet and become best friends in a world that is exploding with music, fashion, gossip and all-night parties. Rated for older teens.

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