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Paradise

Paradise

Jill S. Alexander

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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...

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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.” —BCCB

“Alexander's simmering plot is equally driven by a complex story and multiple, complex characters.” —School Library Journal

“A refreshing picture of teen angst, with realistic dialogue and memorable characters.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review on The Sweetheart of Prosper County

“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 on The Sweetheart of Prosper County

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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.

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