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 Music & Musicians in Teen Fiction


Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

  • A young man meets a local punk legend who introduces him to the punk scene.


Beige by Cecil Castelucci

  • Pub Date: 2009
  • High school interest 
  • See also: Long Lost Parents 
  • Katy goes to LA to stay with her punk rocker father and learns a bit about herself and what matters.


Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also in Teen Fic: Long Lost Parent 
  • Leo goes on tour with a punk band for the summer.


Diva by Alex Flinn

  • Pub Date: 2007 
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • See also: Mother-Daughter Relationship 
  • Caitlin is dedicated to opera and attends a performing arts high school.


Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • Middle and high school interest
  • See also in Teen Fic: Religion 
  • A young pianist deals with issues of faith.


Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • High school interest
  • Diversity: Latino characters 
  • A talented singer/songwriter competes on a Latino version of American Idol.


Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements

  • Pub Date: 2006
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • Two talented young musicians strive to get into music school.


Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block

  • Pub Date: 1992
  • High school interest 
  • A group of unusual teens start a band.


This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

  • Pub Date: 2002
  • High school interest 
  • Remy doesn't date musicians, but then she meets Dexter.


Born Blue by Han Nolan

  • Pub Date: 2003
  • High school interest 
  • Janie's dream is to be a blues singer.


Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

  • Pub Date: 2005
  • High school interest
  • See also: Stepparents 
  • Cassie's stepfather is master violinist Dino Cavalli.  He's also mentally unstable and increasingly difficult to live with.


Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalben

  • Pub Date: Feb 2011
  • Middle School Interest
  • Allegra has been a serious pianist since she was three, and she is starting to feel the pressure.


Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Rourk Dowell

  • Pub Date March 2011
  • Middle and high school interest 
  • See also: Blogs 
  • Janie and her friend join their school's jam band to meet a boy, but Janie finds music instead. 


Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John 

  • Pub Date: 2010 
  • See also: Disabilities 
  • Piper, who is moderately severely deaf, manages a rock band. 


Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

  • Pub Date August 2012 
  • Middle or High School Interest
  • Two teens re-connect with music as they become friends via notes left in a practice room. 


Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

  • Pub date: 2017
  • High School Interest
  • Diversity: Bisexual, Chinese-American main character 
  • See also: Disguised 
  • A teen disguises herself as a boy to join an all-male a capella group. 


The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour

  • Pub Date: 2012
  • High School Interest
  • See also: Post High School 
  • Colby goes on tour with his best friend's band after graduation. 


Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens

  • Pub Date: 2016
  • High school interest
  • See also: Long Lost Parent 
  • When Austin finds out his dad his a famous musician, he gets sucked into the rock & roll life style. 


Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • High school interest
  • Diversity: LGBT & African-American characters
  • See also: Historical, Mother-Daughter Relationship
  • Tabitha discovers Riot Grrrl music and zines, and has her first romances & breakups. 


Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

  • Pub Date: 2014
  • High school interest
  • See also: International, Long Lost Parent 
  • Sky lives with her dad and brother above a St. Kilda record shop. 



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