STELLA RISING by Nancy Belgue


Age Range: 14 - 18
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Sixteen-year-old Stella Connors is the only child of flaky rock-star-groupie mother Viv and an absent biker father.

Stella’s prospects seem pretty hopeless, but just as Viv is leaving her daughter alone to go on a typically impulsive trip to South America with a new boyfriend, a YouTube video Stella has made of her cover of a song by a famous rock band is going viral. Prompted by her childhood friend Marnie and spurred by the prospect of making much-needed cash, the talented but unconfident Stella accepts an invitation to perform with her rock-star idol when his band does a show in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. Stella is initially flattered by the attention her performance receives, but things turn sour. Another opportunity—and a difficult choice—comes in the form of fellow student Max, who invites her to sing in his successful local band. Ultimately Stella learns hard lessons about the perils of fame, the value of authenticity, and the strength that comes from expressing herself through her own music. Told in an engaging, first-person narrative using accessible language, this novel will resonate with teens trying to find themselves artistically and personally. All main characters present as white and are Canadian.

A strong choice for reluctant readers who enjoy stories that explore relationships. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4598-2562-8
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2019