Paradise

Jill S. Alexander

Square Fish

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Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.

Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.

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PARADISE AND HIS SMOKIN’ SQUEEZEBOX
 
All it took to find Paradise was a five dollar bill and an ad in the Thrifty Nickel.
I was shocked, really, that the ad worked. For starters, cutting out all guitar players whittled the already-small field down to a nub. Most singers at some point in time had picked up a guitar. But Waylon, who considered himself anointed country-music royalty by right of his first name, never listened to reason. As a matter of fact, Waylon Slider didn’t care what I thought as long as I showed up after school with my drumsticks and opened

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Praise for Paradise

“. . . Paisley fights the stereotypes of herself as a small-town girl, and her story blends the teenage rebellion and family confrontations with surprising turnarounds and a resolution steeped in sorrow.”Booklist
 
“Readers expecting a fully happy ending will be both shocked and disappointed by the sudden tragedy at the end. . . . However, the group’s perseverance, development of trust earned and given, and practice of living wide open will inspire readers with dreams of their own.”The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
“Alexander’s simmering plot is equally driven by a complex story and multiple, complex characters.”School Library Journal
 
Praise for Jill S. Alexander and The Sweetheart of Prosper County:
 
“A refreshing picture of teen angst, with realistic dialogue and memorable characters.”School Library Journal, Starred Review
 
“First-time novelist Alexander offers a delightful, funny story about teenagers living in a West Texas farming community. . . . Austin’s year of added responsibility and independence make for a substantive, enjoyable coming-of-age novel that will speak to rural and urban readers alike.”—Booklist

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About the Author

Jill S. Alexander

Jill S. Alexander is the author of The Sweetheart of Prosper County. A Texas native, she taught high school English and Spanish before turning to writing full-time. She lives in Tyler, Texas, with her husband and son. You can visit her on the Web at jillsalexander.com.

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Paradise
Jill S. Alexander

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
July 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250004840
ISBN10: 1250004845
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
July 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312605414
ISBN10: 0312605412
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: HL670LL

$16.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Feiwel & Friends
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429995474
ISBN10: 1429995475
Young Adult Fiction256 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: HL670LL

$7.99
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