About the Author
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers (June 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080272079X
- ISBN-13: 978-0802720795
SOURCE: AROUND THE WORLD ARC TOURS
This book is almost pitch perfect. The story line of Annabelle, tween rocker, is a perfect mix of music and word. This should engage that hard to reach target of 10-12 year-olds and especially reluctant readers. I think even their hipster parents will be peeking at the pages of this one. Annabelle finds herself ripped from her hip and happening life and shoved into fending for herself at the age of twelve. She finds herself trapped between wanting to be a child and having to be a grown up since her parents are not parenting her. This part of the story is more reality than you might think. There are a lot of kids pushed into this role as after school care and family support becomes extinct.
Farrar really nailed the voice of Annabelle and how she is trying to do her best, but is really just a kid. I would love to see this story continued. The only flat point for me in the whole book was that the bullying portion was glossed over. I think that arc was necessary for the story to be resolved, but it would have been nice to see the parents actually more involved in resolving it. Then again, sometimes parents aren’t paying attention.