For one night Lynnfield Middle School hosts the biggest event in town, the seventh-grade dance.
The gym transforms into a thrilling stage for the members of all-girl band Heart Grenade. After winning the mall’s Battle of the Bands, Heart Grenade will be rocking live at the dance and on local TV. However, Latina lead singer Carmen’s cousin’s wedding is the same night. African-American backup singer Genevieve will take Carmen’s place, but she’s got butterflies building in her stomach. White drummer Tess is confident her night on stage will be perfect until drama erupts between her and her rival, Mariah, another white girl and would-be drummer. Mariah’s best friend, Ryan, had hoped he’d have a shot with her tonight but the Tess drama is a distraction. Shy, white Ellie is thrilled to attend the dance with her crush and even more grateful that her Korean-American stepsister, Seo-yeon (known as Ashlyn at school), will be babysitting for her. Ashlyn, though, couldn’t care less about babysitting. And Jade, likely white, can barely contain her nefarious glee. When Heart Grenade “totally robbed” her band at the mall contest, she decided that revenge was the only option. There’s no telling how this night will end with hearts, music, and friendship on the line. This eventful middle school dance is told from seven points of view by seven different writers. Under Malone’s editorship, they pull it off with seamless chemistry and strong character building.
A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. (Fiction. 9-13)