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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780805093650288 Pages, Ages 12-18
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...
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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“...the endless stream of musical and historical references places the action very firmly in 1971-72 and showcases Tashjian's flawless research…” —Kirkus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
“Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds.” —Booklist, starred review on My Life as a Book
“A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on My Life as a Book
“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 on My Life as a Book