“Young musicians will be right at home with all the band details debut author Schusterman includes, and she’s just as on target when it comes to strained friendships, budding crushes, and science quizzes, too; Holly’s struggles to tame her inner competitor and learn to share will resonate.” (Publishers Weekly)
I HEART BAND (Book One, Jan 9th, 2014)
Holly Mead’s first day of seventh 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 with Natasha, the pretty, smart, new French horn player! Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition—and not just in band. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t—and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.
Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies
(I HEART BAND Book Two, Jan 9th, 2014)
The band’s bake-sale fund-raiser pits the sections against each other, and Holly is positive the brass section will win. After all, the two most competitive kids in band are Holly and Natasha. When Holly hears a rumor that Aaron Cook is going to ask her to the winter dance, she’s ecstatic. So when Aaron asks Natasha to the dance, Holly thinks she can’t feel much worse. When a small disaster sets the brass section way behind in the band’s bake sale, Holly gets a brilliant idea that’s guaranteed to help them win—and with a little good fortune, it might save Holly’s friendship with Natasha, too!
Sleepovers, Solos, and Sheet Music
(I HEART BAND Book Three, May 15th, 2014)
For Holly Mead, the second half of seventh grade means classes get twice as hard – especially band. Between the upcoming band trip, the All-Region concert, and Solo & Ensemble contest, she’s got more than enough music to practice. And it doesn’t help that her director put Holly in an ensemble with Aaron, her not-so-former crush…who’s now dating Natasha, one of Holly’s best friends.
The band is off to New Orleans for a competition as well as a bit of sightseeing. But there is all sorts of boy treble in the band this spring. Julia has her first boyfriend, so Holly will have to keep focused to help her friends through their drama AND make sure the New Orleans trip is a trip to remember.
Codas, Crushes, and Corsages
(I HEART BAND Book Four, Sept 11th, 2014)
The band has been preparing for their big regional competition all year and it’s time for all of their work to pay off. On top of preparing for competition, Holly is excited to go to the Spring Dance with Owen, but is he still interested after meeting a new girl at art camp over spring break?
Holly and friends band together to have an amazing end to their seventh grade year.
Grosset, Penguin USA
Category: Ages 8 – 12