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. Volume XIII Number 11 . . . .January 19, 2007
Someday, everyone is going to listen to the Lunar Ticks. At least, that's what Jay believes of his rock band. Sometimes, the whole rush of music is perfect - for all of two minutes. Then someone messes up, and they have to start all over again. Jay doesn't blame Kelvin, their bassist, or his girlfriend Amy, whose mouth is one of the band's main problem. She's much too chatty, and every time the band finishes a song, she has to plaster her lips to Kel's. Then there's Cia, their drummer, who wastes everyone's time watching her cigarette smoke drift into the rafters of the smelly garage that doubles as their practice studio. They have a few kinks to work out. But Jay is convinced they're headed for stardom.
Jay lives and breathes music, as does Kel, whose "brain is erased every time he enters the presence of the Fender Precision bass with starburst finish." Jay lives for the band battles that his Vancouver high school holds at lunchtime every month or two. Lately, his band has won every school competition, but they haven't been as lucky out-of-school where their rivals, Indigo Daze, get top prize. Jay is convinced his band is better than their rivals until he hears Indigo Daze's lead guitarist, Rowan, singing a heart-wrenching tribute to her deceased sister. Now his usual inspirational spots around town - like the cemetery during a full moon, the train station and the seedy eastside at night - are not helping him come up with any great ideas for a winning song. The Lunar Ticks are in trouble, and Jay is running out of ideas. And when Rowan's guitar is trashed just before the competition, the Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.
Battle of the Bands is part of a series of "Orca Soundings" novels for reluctant teen readers.
Before taking on the position of Customer Service Manager of Calgary Public Library's Forest Lawn Branch, Carole Marion worked for over twenty years as a librarian serving youth and their caregivers for various public and school libraries.
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