Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: I Heart Band

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

This Week I'm Waiting on: I Heart Band by Michelle Schusterman

Holly Mead’s first day of 7th grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully-chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her. Natasha is new at Millican Middle School, but she and Julia bonded at band camp over the summer. Natasha is pretty, smart, and as good at French horn as Holly – maybe even better.

Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition – and not just in band. As Natasha and Julia get closer, Holly feels like she and her best friend are drifting further apart. Things only get worse when Holly fails her first science quiz. If she can’t pass, she won’t be able to participate in band, thanks to the new director’s “no pass no play” rule. That means no band party – and no opportunity to get to know a certain good-looking trumpet player named Aaron Cook a little better!

The harder Holly tries in band and with Julia, the worse everything seems to get. Maybe being second best in band isn’t the end of the world, but when it comes to best friends, Holly just has to be first. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t – and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.

I HEART BAND is the first in a 4-book Middle Grade series by debut author Michelle Schusterman.

-summary and cover via Goodreads

This looks like a fun beginning to a new Middle Grade series, don't you all think? I love the cover of it too! And it releases tomorrow! :)

This book will be released January 9th 2014 by Penguin USA


  1. Definitely cute -- and yay for band girls! :) Sounds like the beginning of a sweet series!


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