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. Volume XXI Number 12. . . .November 21, 2014
When a trio of Winnipeg girls are discovered at a summer music camp, they try to put their differences aside so they can record a CD and compete in the Tall Grass Music Festival. Fifteen-year-old Jess is the guitarist and best friends with alto singer Nat. Harper is the newcomer to the group and one year older. Nat lacks the confidence and experience that lead singer Harper has, but when their mentor Darrell puts her on lead vocals, Harper sabotages the group’s performance. Although the girls are talented and can perform well together, they need to put their jealousies aside and harmonize as a band. The story takes place over one summer. When the band isn’t rehearsing in Harper’s grandma’s music room, they are exploring relationships outside of the band with new friends and music teachers. A banjo player named Gabe comes between Jess and Nat, but only until they learn the reason he was spending time with both of them. Nat’s family appears briefly in the story. Unlike Harper, Nat grew up with a family that wasn’t supportive of her dreams. They prefer to focus on her brother’s hockey career. However, after Nat’s chosen to compete in the music festival, her mom shows her support by attending the festival. Readers who are in the Performing Arts will empathize with the trio’s struggles and accomplishments. With practice, the girls learn how to sing together, how to breathe properly, and how to perform under pressure. Words are forgotten, band members arrive late, and say hurtful things to one another, but, by focusing on the music and the band’s goals, the girls gain more than they could have imagined. Nat realizes she has multiple talents (singing and whistling). Jess expands her knowledge of the guitar and Harper proves she is a natural entertainer. Together, or alone, they will have successful careers in the music business.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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