BATTLE OF THE BANDS by Jen Calonita

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

From the "VIP" series, volume 2
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A preteen superfan must defend her favorite boy band when a new group tries to steal their spotlight.

In this second book in the VIP series, Mackenzie Lowell has officially been accepted into the inner circle of pop sensation Perfect Storm. Thanks to her tour-manager mother, the feisty 12-year-old tours with the band, spending her days on the road with the boys and her friend Jilly (whose father is their manager) and writing in her journal. A new band, with the suspiciously similar name Thunder and Lightning, has joined the tour and stolen the song that PS member Kyle had written for Mac. Then secrets from Mac's journal begin to show up on the vlog of a wannabe reporter (and Thunder and Lightning fan) named Bad Kitty. Mac and Jilly must unearth Bad Kitty's identity and stop her before it's too late. As a prank war escalates between the boy bands and Bad Kitty’s mean-spirited vlog gains followers, could PS' tour be—gasp—canceled? Though sufficiently suffused with the realistic energy of a preteen fan traveling with her favorite band, the mystery in this volume feels contrived; even the most novice detective would be able to guess Bad Kitty's identity long before any clues come to light. Despite the lack of depth, this offering’s high-energy, high-interest diary format interspersed with Mac’s comics keeps the pages turning. (With the exception of a character in the comic, the cast appears to be largely white.)

A fast read frothing over with sugary pep and cuteness. (Fiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: July 26th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-316-25977-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2016




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