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From rock bands to stage plays, here are five great reads for arts-loving teens and adults. Performing, expression emotion through script or movement or sound, is a fitting metaphor for the teen years when we try on so many identities in search of the deepest truth of ourselves. Perhaps it’s not surprising that, after writing my ballet novel, AUDITION, many YA novelists I met confessed that they, too, had spent their childhoods onstage. Ask a few writers you know!
Theo almost has her eating disorder, her ballet future—and her life—back in balance until her friend Donovan returns after being held by a kidnapper for four years and everything spins out of control again.
After a car accident, talented cellist Mia is hospitalized in a coma. Hovering between life and death, she reflects on love, dreams and the reasons to try to keep living.
A mistyped email begins teen movie star Graham’s anonymous virtual relationship with small-town Ellie. But will the chance to meet in real life only prove that fame can destroy anything?
Sam has tried to be invisible since his mom left. But when his English teacher pairs him with gang-member Luis for a slam poetry unit, disappearing is no longer possible.
The novel follows Colby, reeling after his best friend Bev announces that after this final tour with him and their band-mates Meg and Alexa, she’s going off to college and life turns off key.
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