All Together Now
All Together Now
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Series: Eagle Rock Series Vol. 2   
Annotation: From the award-winning and New York Times -bestselling graphic novelist Hope Larson comes a standalone sequel to All Summer Long about friends, first crushes, and being your bravest rockstar self.
Catalog Number: #212262
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 178 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-374-31365-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02675-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-374-31365-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02675-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019035919
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this follow-up to All Summer Long (2018), eighth graders Bina and Darcy have established their band, but there's still one thing missing: a drummer. After their classmate Enzo turns out to be the perfect fit, the trio disintegrates when Darcy and Enzo secretly start dating, leaving Bina feeling betrayed and excluded. It's a painful ordeal, but Bina finds some silver lining, including a longtime friendship that begins to develop into something more. Larson realistically captures the emotional minefield that is middle school through Bina and her friends, who are all authentically flawed. While the characters exhibit selfish motivations, their burgeoning self-awareness and corrective actions provide models for healthy relationships. Larson's use of both a tablet and traditional pen and ink for her illustrations produces crisp, high-contrast lines, with the subtle coloring keeping the focus on the characters. A serendipitous meeting of some potential new friends in the final pages suggests Bina's musical career has not quite reached its peak.
Horn Book
Eighth graders Bina and Darcy head back to school in this spirited graphic novel, the sequel to All Summer Long (rev. 7/18). Darcy is convinced that their band Fast Fashion needs a drummer. Protagonist Bina doesn't agree, but when they discover that classmate Enzo is a musical prodigy with intimidating drumming skills, changes are put in motion beyond Bina's control and at a pace for which she is unprepared. With Enzo, the band changes its name to the Candids and there is pressure to make its songs "louder. Edgier. Shoutier." Darcy and Enzo start dating, and Bina struggles to understand and express her feelings, resulting in an argument at a thrift store and Bina being dumped--via text message--from the band she co-founded. As if that's not enough, Bina is not sure how to feel about her best friend Austin's displays of romantic interest and how that fits within her own identity development. ("What's the difference between liking someone and liking them?") While plot and layout are straightforward, an emphasis on conversation allows for characters' relationships and emotions to take center stage. Light purple washes contrast with thick, bold lines, creating an appropriate balance in a narrative containing moments of both emotive strength and fragility. Other symbolic visual elements, such as arrows and sound effects, add backstory and humor.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Middle schoolers Bina and Darcy have a strong connection through their friendship and their music. When Enzo volunteers to be the new drummer in their band, at first it seems like it will work out well for everyone. But their relationships start changing into something new and unexpected: Darcy and Enzo against Bina. Then Bina's best friend Austin suddenly wants to become more than friends, and she's not sure what to do. Her band is falling apart, and friendship is too complicated. But Bina's messy life will provide plenty of inspiration for the new songs she plans to write. This sequel to Larson's All Summer Long will appeal to those who haven't read the earlier installmentthough they'll be eager to pick that volume up after finishing this one. Heartfelt and authentic, this book tenderly captures the ebb and flow of love and friendship. Larson's artwork uses a limited palette of pinks and reds, skillfully conveying the characters' emotions as they try to untangle their new relationships. VERDICT For older kids and younger teens who love graphic novels and realistic fiction about music, friendship, and growing up. Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Word Count: 8,086
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 512188 / grade: Middle Grades

Middle-schooler Bina is having the best time playing in her new band with her friends, Darcy and Enzo. But both the band and her friendships begin to crumble when Darcy and Enzo start dating, effectively relegating Bina to third-wheel status. To make matters worse, Bina's best friend, Austin, starts developing a crush on her . . . one she is not sure she reciprocates. Now Bina must follow her heart. Can she navigate its twists and turns before the lights come up and the music starts playing?New York Times-bestselling author Hope Larson delivers a pitch-perfect follow-up for fans of All Summer Long, music lovers, and anyone navigating the ups and downs of friendship.


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