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

  • Librariann
    Apr 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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    Very sweet, authentic, and charming summer camp story. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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 ...

  • dearlittledeer
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

  • Erin Rachel Briley
    Jul 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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    Very sweet, authentic, and charming summer camp story. ...

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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

  • Eti
    Jul 01, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

  • Alice
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

  • Kate
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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    Very sweet, authentic, and charming summer camp story. ...

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  • Ceillie Simkiss
    Jun 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

  • Jack Young
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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    Very sweet, authentic, and charming summer camp story. ...

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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Kathy Willhite
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

  • Kibbenza
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

  • Andrew
    Jan 24, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Cristina Castor
    Mar 10, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

  • Lizzy_Someone
    Jun 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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  • Lisa
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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  • Soup for Sapiens
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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  • Sofiagna
    Jun 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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  • atheera khairin
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...

    Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that ...

    Loved it! ...

    This was a GoodReads giveaway. Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible. ...

    Too. Fucking. Cute. ...

    I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered. ...

    Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit her...

    This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely. Read my full review here! ...

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  • Daniel Menacher
    Jul 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    (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...

    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...

    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...

    Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. M...

    Darling...is my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's swee...