For What It's Worth

Janet Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

The year is 1971 and the place is Laurel Canyon, California. Quinn, a fourteen-year-old music “encyclopedia,” writes a music column—called "For What It's Worth"—for his school paper. But Quinn’s world is about to change when he is faced with helping a war dodger and must make some tough decisions. When he starts receiving cryptic Ouija board messages from Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix (all members of the 27 Club), he knows he is in over his head. Fortunately for Quinn, his new girlfriend Caroline helps him get a grip and channel his inner self. 


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Rock and roll can change the world and save your life—and that’s just for starters. I challenge anyone on the planet to remain in a bad mood when “Gimme Shelter” comes on the radio. It’s physically impossible, right? Rock and roll can get you through a boring school year, give you something to bond over with your friends, even provide you with a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
You think I’m exaggerating? Listening to music is a critical step in growing up, as important as learning how to ride a bike with no



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Praise for For What It's Worth

"Tashjian…paints a vivid scene of early ‘70s California lifestyles.”--VOYA

"Tashjian is spot-on…”--School Library Journal

"...the endless stream of musical and historical references places the action very firmly in 1971-72 and showcases Tashjian’s flawless research…”--Kirkus

"Even those who do not share Quinn’s musical passion will be inspired by his growing understanding of the complex adult world and the sacrifice he makes." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Vote for Larry:

A Publishers Weekly Editor’s Pick
Time Out NewYork Kids Pick of the Literature
Lois Lowry's Top Five Books for Summer
Booksense National Bestseller List

Praise for The Gospel According to Larry:

A Booksense Pick
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
A Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book

Praise for My Life as a Book:

“Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review

“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (Abrams) as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve.” —School Library Journal

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  • Janet Tashjian

  • Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including My Life as a Book, My Life as a Stuntboy, and The Gospel According to Larry. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.


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For What It's Worth

Janet Tashjian

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year