HONEYCOMB by Patricia McCowan


From the "Orca Limelights" series
Age Range: 11 - 14
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After a week of music camp, 15-year-old Nat, her longtime best friend, Jess, and their new friend Harper have found that they can create beautiful harmonies singing together, and they are approached with a unique opportunity to perform at an upcoming music festival. Let the drama commence.

Each girl immediately seizes her role, and not just in terms of vocal range: Jess is the moody one, Harper is the prima donna, and Nat is the doormat. The novel focuses on Nat, whose family is much more excited about her brother’s hockey skills than her developing interest in music. Nat doesn’t often speak up for herself, but she does help keep the peace when Jess and Harper are at each other’s throats. Throughout the novel, the girls argue, make a little musical progress and argue some more. There is an abundance of jealousy and gossip, interspersed with musical references and a touch of romance. The art of being in a performing group takes center stage over any of the characters. With minimal adult guidance, the girls learn specific elements of their craft, how to navigate opportunities in the music industry and how to work together, even coming to understand that their arguments are a natural part of the music-making process.

A fast-paced narrative set to the tune of talented-teen melodrama. (Fiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0579-8
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014


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