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Annotation: When aspiring performer Madelaine finds a poem that helps her finish a song she is writing, she decides to find the author in hopes of starting a collaboration.
Catalog Number: #186813
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 301 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-541-53574-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-541-53574-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018056852
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Madelaine loves performing music, because she doesn't suffer from panic attacks when she's on stage pretending to be another person. One day, after discovering amazing poetry in an origami moon, she decides to turn the words into a song, which she posts online. When someone named Dylan messages her on a music app, claiming to be the author, the two tweens set about a collaboration. Meanwhile, Madelaine's homelife is spiraling out of control. Her father-manager refuses to help pay for tuition to local art schools in order to punish his ex-wife, who works two jobs just to make ends meet. After her mother experiences a second cancer scare, Madelaine is faced with the daunting task of threatening to fire her father in order to take control of the money she makes. And as she begins to contemplate meeting Dylan, she fears that someone is following her around the city t who? Dawn's story will appeal to performing arts teens and readers who enjoy gripping family dramas.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-High school junior Madelaine, an aspiring actress and musician, has been torn between her divorced parents for many years. Her mom, a survivor of breast cancer, is struggling to work two jobs and make ends meet, while her father is a successful talent agent living in a large house in the suburbs of Chicago. Though Madelaine tries her best to remain loyal to her mom, she has a hard time turning away from her father's offers of shopping sprees and trips to New York City. When Madelaine finds an origami moon with a poem inside of it at her favorite coffee shop, she is inspired to finish a song she's been writing and searches for the mysterious creator of the moon. Dylan, a member of an online music site, comes forward and befriends Madelaine digitally. As Madelaine tries to juggle auditions, family life, and school work, she occasionally notices a suspicious man appearing in the places she frequents. Though she wonders if her Internet friend is responsible, she uncovers shocking family secrets that make her realize the situation is even more intense than she imagined. This is a sweet book with a touching story line that will likely strike a chord with teens going through any type of family drama. On the downside, frequent passages of text message conversations are distracting, and some of the characters are two-dimensional. VERDICT Recommended for large libraries, especially those interested in theater and arts. Karin Greenberg, Manhasset High School, Manhasset, NY
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Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL600L

A page-turning story about a teen's struggle to overcome her fears on her quest for truth, strength, and stardom. Madelaine loves music, loves the stage, and loves performing. When she finds a fragment of poetry that inspires her to finish a song she's been writing, she tracks down the poem's author online in hopes of starting a collaboration. But as more pieces of the poem find their way to her, she realizes the online poet can't possibly be the one who's leaving them for her. At the same time, some shocking family secrets upend Madelaine's home life. As Madelaine struggles to separate the images people present online from the realities of who they are, her quest for truth, strength, and stardom takes turns she never expected.

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