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A powerful new book from Eric Gansworth, author of If I Ever Get Out of Here, that speaks the truth on race, relationships, and rock from two unforgettable perspectives.

Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band - and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City - is his best shot. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant.

Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation from the city with her family. She's dying to stop making the same traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too.

Carson and Maggi - along with their friend Lewis - will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference.

©2018 Eric Gansworth (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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  • 14/03/2019

Coming of age in the 1980s through Native American eyes

A beautiful coming of age story from both the male and female perspective in the Native American culture. This book allows for interesting insight into a life style I knew little about. Taking place in the North Eastern United States and South Eastern Canada, the story follows Carson and Maggie of the Tuscarora tribe (a branch of Iroquois people.) There is Also a deep connection to art and music within this book which I found made it even more interesting to read. I personally love the allusions to The Beatles and Bowie that were written about on every few pages. I only really have one negative note about the characters. It is safe to say that one of the two main characters is far less likable. Towards the end of the novel, the chapters told from his perspective began to annoy me more than interest me.