Winter 2012 Kids' Next List
“Notes From an Accidental Band Geek is sweet, charming, and delightful! Dionne has crafted a story that wraps you up and pulls you into its pages. The characters are both believable -- who doesn't know a 13-year-old girl that can be sweet one minute and seemingly possessed by a demon the next minute? -- and endearing. Perfect for girls who want 'realistic' fiction with a bit of a romance. And is it wrong to feel like I missed out on the best high school years by not having been a part of marching band?”
— Kathleen March, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
From the author of "Models Don t Eat Chocolate Cookies" comes a middle grade novel hailed by Linda Urban as A perfect blend of laugh out loud funny and real-world heart.
Elsie Wyatt wants to be an orchestra superstar, like her dad and grandfather. The first step? Get into a super-selective summer music camp. In order to qualify, Elsie must expand her musical horizons by joining her high school's marching band. Not only does this mean wearing a plumed hat and polyester pants, but it also means she can t play her own instrument, can t sit down, and can t seem to say the right thing to "anyone" let alone Jake, the cute trumpet player she meets on the first day. Plus, everything she does seems to cause a disaster. Surviving marching band is going to be "way" harder than Elsie thought.
For fans of funny, realistic, every-girl novels like Wendy Mass's "13 Gifts" and Lisa Greenwald's "My Life in Pink & Green."
It has humor, heart, and a touch of romance that will provide ample fodder for booktalks. "School Library Journal"
Marching-band kids everywhere will enjoy this believable celebration of a life-changing, musical rite of passage. "Kirkus
About the Author
Erin Dionne writes humorous books with heart for tweens. Her titles--which are very long--have been named to several state reading lists, ALA lists, and have received some nice attention. They include MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, and NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK. Her latest novel, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING: A 14 DAY MYSTERY, has the longest title yet and is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. She spends an inappropriate amount of time on Facebook, teaches writing at Montserrat College of Art, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog
“It has humor, heart, and a touch of romance that will provide ample fodder for booktalks.”
-School Library Journal
“Marching-band kids everywhere will enjoy this believable celebration of a life-changing, musical rite of passage.”