Drum Roll, Please

Drum Roll, Please

Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat. Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It?s the only time she doesn?t feel like a mouse. Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But this summer Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat. Melly only joined the school band because her best f...

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Title:Drum Roll, Please
Author:Lisa Jenn Bigelow
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062791168
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Drum Roll, Please Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Jun 06, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

  • Tracey
    Oct 28, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

    If you are ready to be transported to summer camp, Drum Roll, Please is just what you need! Melly attends music camp with her best friend but she experiences much more than an improvement in her drumming. As well as managing her own self doubt and learning how to survive at sleep ...

    Read this book in one sitting. The author does an amazing job bringing to life a story about a young protagonist who deals with friendship, divorce, being an introvert encouraged to try new things, and having a "crush". I loved how real this story felt. Speaking of the crush, the way i...

    children's middlegrade fiction (divorce, friendship competing with boys, music summer camp in Michigan/lake country, incidental LGBTQA+ interest) - grades 5th-7th I loved spending time with Melly, and watching her find her voice rather than just banging out her feelings on the drums--...

  • Megan
    Jul 04, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

  • Stephanie
    Jul 25, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

  • evan
    Jul 07, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

  • Debbie Tanner
    Oct 13, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 23, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

  • Lisa
    Oct 15, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

    If you are ready to be transported to summer camp, Drum Roll, Please is just what you need! Melly attends music camp with her best friend but she experiences much more than an improvement in her drumming. As well as managing her own self doubt and learning how to survive at sleep ...

    Read this book in one sitting. The author does an amazing job bringing to life a story about a young protagonist who deals with friendship, divorce, being an introvert encouraged to try new things, and having a "crush". I loved how real this story felt. Speaking of the crush, the way i...

    children's middlegrade fiction (divorce, friendship competing with boys, music summer camp in Michigan/lake country, incidental LGBTQA+ interest) - grades 5th-7th I loved spending time with Melly, and watching her find her voice rather than just banging out her feelings on the drums--...

    LGBT middle grade novels are so important. I've already went on and on about this before in past reviews, but they are. For young and old readers. I love that the main drama was Melly's parent's divorce and not her relationship with Adeline. (There was some drama about that too, bu...

    Melissa Goodwin's nickname was Mouse. She was shy and always let her friend Olivia take the lead. Olivia could talk her into doing most anything and that was how Melissa (Melly to her friends) found herself going to Camp Rockaway to learn more about playing drums. When Olivia became en...

  • Bryan Shields
    Jul 09, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

    If you are ready to be transported to summer camp, Drum Roll, Please is just what you need! Melly attends music camp with her best friend but she experiences much more than an improvement in her drumming. As well as managing her own self doubt and learning how to survive at sleep ...

    Read this book in one sitting. The author does an amazing job bringing to life a story about a young protagonist who deals with friendship, divorce, being an introvert encouraged to try new things, and having a "crush". I loved how real this story felt. Speaking of the crush, the way i...

  • Kayla Eklund
    Sep 03, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

  • Deborah
    Jul 14, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

    If you are ready to be transported to summer camp, Drum Roll, Please is just what you need! Melly attends music camp with her best friend but she experiences much more than an improvement in her drumming. As well as managing her own self doubt and learning how to survive at sleep ...

    Read this book in one sitting. The author does an amazing job bringing to life a story about a young protagonist who deals with friendship, divorce, being an introvert encouraged to try new things, and having a "crush". I loved how real this story felt. Speaking of the crush, the way i...

    children's middlegrade fiction (divorce, friendship competing with boys, music summer camp in Michigan/lake country, incidental LGBTQA+ interest) - grades 5th-7th I loved spending time with Melly, and watching her find her voice rather than just banging out her feelings on the drums--...

    LGBT middle grade novels are so important. I've already went on and on about this before in past reviews, but they are. For young and old readers. I love that the main drama was Melly's parent's divorce and not her relationship with Adeline. (There was some drama about that too, bu...

  • Shirley Freeman
    Jan 09, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

  • Jenni Frencham
    Feb 19, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

  • Allison
    Jul 28, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Jan 22, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

  • Amy
    Sep 28, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

  • Kathie
    Jul 04, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

  • Jessie Bond
    Oct 17, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

  • Alissa
    Jul 07, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

  • Kari Healy
    Aug 09, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Jan 15, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

  • Bethany
    Apr 20, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

  • Christany
    Aug 27, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

  • Tay
    Sep 16, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

  • Katie
    Sep 27, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

  • Kitkat
    Sep 13, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

  • Aud
    Aug 08, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

  • Becky
    Aug 12, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

  • Shan Salter
    Sep 07, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt n...

    Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now. For as quiet as Me...

    If you are ready to be transported to summer camp, Drum Roll, Please is just what you need! Melly attends music camp with her best friend but she experiences much more than an improvement in her drumming. As well as managing her own self doubt and learning how to survive at sleep ...

  • Kristina Callender
    Aug 13, 2018

    ? Video Review ? Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it. I usually don?t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of t...

    Ohhhhh I loved this book so much. Every so often in life, you find a book that just resonates PERFECTLY, and this was one of those books for me. It's one of my very favorite realistic MG novels I've ever read (my other favorite is Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON), and it burro...

    Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot. ...

    Melly?s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests th...

    I really liked this book. I liked how Melly and Olivia were really close but a stupid guy comes who's a jerk. Olivia is stuck in another band which they wanted together. However they're in the same tent which is awesome. There's also Yasmine who is really awesome and Adeline. Adeline i...

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right b...

    This was my young adult read for the year. It perfectly captured some of the angst and drama of coming to camp with a friend (but wanting to make other friends), crushes, wrapping your mind around divorce, all sprinkled with a little music. Great YA read for those open to LGBT themes. ...

    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It?s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly star...

    This is the kind of book that I needed growing up! I love how honest it feels, how naturally and sweetly Melly's crush on Adeline forms and grows...very reminiscent of my own first crushes. I also really appreciate that the book doesn't label Melly, or let anyone else label her. She's ...

    4.5 stars. Melly and her best friend Olivia both enjoy music and are going to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway. Right before they leave though, Melly's parents decide to tell her about their divorce, leaving her upset and confused. Not to mention how Olivia develops a cr...

    I recently purchased this book for my school library's collection (we are a 6-8 building) and the first student who checked it out only had it a week before a parent told the student's teacher that there needed to be a book switch. They did not agree with the themes in the book (LGBTQ)...

    Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit...

    Well what can I say about this book? One of the sweetest and most heart warming books I have ever read. For a middle grade this book deals with some very important and serious problems but I feel they were handled in such a good way. Melly our main character is so interesting...

    I liked this story about Melly, a drummer who is going to a music camp for the very first time, with her best friend, Olivia. Except her parents drop a bombshell, that they are divorcing, right before she leaves. Melly is disconnected from her best friend at the start of the camp and i...

    Good camp book, fun summer read with depth. I liked the narrator and got a good feel for her as a person. She was quite mature for her age, but not unbelievably so - just very self aware, which fit with her quiet, listening sort of personality. You get the feeling that she and her pare...

    Ugh, I so wish this book had existed when I was 12. Then maybe 12-year-old Jessie would have known she wasn't the only quiet girl having confusing feelings about another girl at camp. Loved the writing, loved the characters, related to Melly so, so hard. ...

    (Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.) This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands. At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now! ~*~*~*~*~* 4/5 for this book about ...

    This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that impro...

    I feel that we really need more LGBTQ+ middle grade books. There are a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction in young adult literature, but not a lot for the younger audiences. Whenever I see middle grade LGBTQ+ books, they move to the top of my to read pile. When I heard that Lisa Jen...

    Things I Loved and Why: -Fantastic representation! The female/female relationship is written so well and so realistically. I literally was so happy reading it because it was a feel-good and happy relationship with a happy ending. I love the dynamic between Melly and Adeline and how ...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow didn?t disappoint. A perfect summer read or anytime of year for middle school students. Melly is off to Camp Rockaway for two weeks with her bes...

    You will find inspiring young role models in this fun to read and rocking tale of love. This book is just like what the camp counselor said about being in a band, "it's about working together, about give-and-take. " When Damon splits the two best friends Melly and Olivia, who came t...