I Heart Band #2: Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies

I HEART BAND is a fun, pacy younger middle-grade series about the thrills and spills, practices and performances, crushes and crises of the kids in a middle-school band.

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. When Holly Mead’s band director announces that their bake sale fundraiser will pit the sections against each other, Holly is positive the brass section will win. After all, the two most competitive kids in band are French horn players – Holly and Natasha Prynne. The girls might be rivals for first chair, but they don’t let it get in the way of their new friendship. Natasha is even helping Holly with the music for the all-region band auditions in a few weeks, when both girls will be competing not only with each other, but with other horn players from all of their district’s middle schools.
Holly can handle a friendly band rivalry with Natasha – but competing over boys is another story. Especially when that boy happens to be Aaron Cook. When Holly hears a rumor that Aaron is going to ask her to the winter dance, she’s ecstatic. After all, she has been talking to him a lot (and with hardly any drooling or stammering, too). Plus all the fortune cookies she’s been cracking open lately thanks to her brother’s new delivery job are about secret admirers and being lucky in love. So when Aaron ends up asking Natasha to the dance instead, Holly thinks she can’t feel much worse. Until she finds out that Natasha has had a secret crush on Aaron, too…she was just afraid of hurting Holly’s feelings.

With all the competition over boys and band, Holly and Natasha’s friendship is more than a little rocky. Before long, Natasha starts distancing herself from both Holly and Aaron. To make things even worse, a small disaster involving a rogue volleyball sets the brass section way behind in the band’s bake sale. Then 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.

Rights details

Grosset, Penquin USA (Books 1 and 2: Winter 2014; Book 3: Summer 2014; Book 4: Fall 2014).

Rights: World, all languages

The Author

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle is building a strong portfolio as the author of wide-ranging stories for young people. Her series include I HEART BAND and THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES (Grosset), and her standalone novels comprise OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST and MARIONETTE (Random House). In addition she has co-written UNCONVENTIONAL, a novel about fandom of all kinds, which will publish with Scholastic.

She is also a musician who has played steel drums for several bands over recent years, and has recorded four CDs in addition to countless live performances.

http://www.michelleschusterman.com/

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