London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat.
Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London’s growing punk scene, playing bass with one of city’s wildest bands. The group’s success has only strained things between Lili and Curtis Ray, her cool, rebellious boyfriend and bandmate.
Lili soon meets William Bonney—a guitarist from Northern Ireland. William is as reserved as Curtis Ray is loud, haunted by the life he left behind, but every bit as brilliant a musician. William’s quiet confidence moves Lili to search for what she really wants. But the secrets of William’s past could mean danger for both of them . . .
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Lab ®|
|Number of Pages||424|
Author: Kevin Brooks
Kevin Brooks grew up in Exeter, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham Aston University and Cultural Studies in London. Brooks inhabited a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, and hot dog vendor. His first published work, Martyn Pig, won the Branford Boase Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He now lives in North Yorkshire, England, with his wife, four dogs, six sheep, eight chickens, and two rabbits.
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
“Recommend this title to junior high and high school teens who appreciate edgy stories with absorbing worlds and uneasy ethics.”—VOYA
“[Will] hold appeal not just for fans of alternative music but also those interested in social history that is sadly resonant with contemporary tensions.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Brooks (The Bunker Diary) delivers an exhilarating love song to the British punk revolution and spotlights the challenges faced by female musicians within the movement.”—Publishers Weekly
“Recommended for fans of punk rock and 1970s British counterculture.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A beautifully written and genuinely moving work for avid fans of musical YA fiction, historical fiction, and the author.”—School Library Journal
“Brooks creates a palpable atmosphere throughout the novel that throbs with social and political tensions and the raw drive of punk music. . . . Readers will be swept up in Brooks’ adrenaline-fueled story of music and rebellion.”—starred, Booklist