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A young girl in middle school will do whatever it takes to meet her favorite author--even if it means joining her school band! A contemporary graphic novel about making your dream come true--and the friends you make along the way. When Scout learns that her favorite author is doing an exclusive autograph session at the end of the year, she's determined to be there! She A young girl in middle school will do whatever it takes to meet her favorite author--even if it means joining her school band! A contemporary graphic novel about making your dream come true--and the friends you make along the way. When Scout learns that her favorite author is doing an exclusive autograph session at the end of the year, she's determined to be there! She officially needs a plan...and when she finds out that her school's band is heading to the same location for their annual trip, an idea takes shape. Being a band kid can't be that hard, right? As it turns out, learning how to play an instrument when you can't even read music is much, much, MUCH tougher than expected. And it's even harder for Scout when her friends aren't on board with her new hobby. Will she be able to master the trombone, make new band friends, and get to her favorite author's book signing? Tackling everything seems like a challenge for a supergenius superfriend supermusician--and she's just Scout.


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A young girl in middle school will do whatever it takes to meet her favorite author--even if it means joining her school band! A contemporary graphic novel about making your dream come true--and the friends you make along the way. When Scout learns that her favorite author is doing an exclusive autograph session at the end of the year, she's determined to be there! She A young girl in middle school will do whatever it takes to meet her favorite author--even if it means joining her school band! A contemporary graphic novel about making your dream come true--and the friends you make along the way. When Scout learns that her favorite author is doing an exclusive autograph session at the end of the year, she's determined to be there! She officially needs a plan...and when she finds out that her school's band is heading to the same location for their annual trip, an idea takes shape. Being a band kid can't be that hard, right? As it turns out, learning how to play an instrument when you can't even read music is much, much, MUCH tougher than expected. And it's even harder for Scout when her friends aren't on board with her new hobby. Will she be able to master the trombone, make new band friends, and get to her favorite author's book signing? Tackling everything seems like a challenge for a supergenius superfriend supermusician--and she's just Scout.

30 review for Scout Is Not a Band Kid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    Started out as a zany middle school hijinks comic and quickly evolved into a nice lesson on friendship, passion, empathy, and the value of hard work. I really enjoyed the little world that Armstong created and the way she gave even the minor characters personalities, motivations, and little unique details. The two main characters both have nice arcs, the acceptance of non-standard gender presentation and identification is well done, and the ending is quite satisfying. And I loved the art! **Thank Started out as a zany middle school hijinks comic and quickly evolved into a nice lesson on friendship, passion, empathy, and the value of hard work. I really enjoyed the little world that Armstong created and the way she gave even the minor characters personalities, motivations, and little unique details. The two main characters both have nice arcs, the acceptance of non-standard gender presentation and identification is well done, and the ending is quite satisfying. And I loved the art! **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    Were you in band or can you play an instrument? I definitely can’t read music or carry a tune. I tried out for band but didn’t make the cut. Reading this graphic novel really made me feel like I missed out on an amazing experience. Scout was a very relatable character for me- who hasn’t done the ‘fake it til I make it’ thing? She is quick to learn that faking it will only get her so far, and I loved her character growth. Each character is introduced with their pronouns and character traits. I abs Were you in band or can you play an instrument? I definitely can’t read music or carry a tune. I tried out for band but didn’t make the cut. Reading this graphic novel really made me feel like I missed out on an amazing experience. Scout was a very relatable character for me- who hasn’t done the ‘fake it til I make it’ thing? She is quick to learn that faking it will only get her so far, and I loved her character growth. Each character is introduced with their pronouns and character traits. I absolutely loved Lou and their online friendship with Scout. Merrin was great too when you got to know her. Each of these characters really embraced their creativity. I absolutely adored this story and art, and it was overall a great experience. I highly recommend!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.J.

    Spoiler Alert: Scout is in fact a band kid. A really cute story about how fun and fulfilling band can be and the friendships made through it, as well as the meaning of friendship and the importance of practicing skills you wish to excel in. I liked the story of the cosplay/art interest and getting to the festival, I only wish there was more of a resolution with her other group of friends about them constantly degrading her interests. Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this title.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Super cute graphic novel about a girl joining band just to go on the end of year trip to a convention where her favorite author will be making an appearance. I loved that Scout gave it her all in the end and chose band and her friends over her favorite author. And the little at the end made it all worth it! Overall, a great pick for a story about friendship, responsibilities, and the power of anime music~

  5. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    This was a super cute read that'll appeal to fans of art and school stories, as well as kids who are in that stage of "no romance ever in anything." It's a sweet ode to fandom and the importance of practice/working hard in art. This was a super cute read that'll appeal to fans of art and school stories, as well as kids who are in that stage of "no romance ever in anything." It's a sweet ode to fandom and the importance of practice/working hard in art.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the publisher/TBR and Beyond Tours in exchange of an honest review. This was a fun book about a girl named Scout who got it in her head to go to band so she would be able to attend a festival. At first she is horrible at music and you just want to shake Scout a bit to just do the practice but then things go better and better and friendship is found and I just loved seeing Scout grow. Get better. Scout was so relatable. Haha. I just loved that girl. And I also liked Scout I received this book from the publisher/TBR and Beyond Tours in exchange of an honest review. This was a fun book about a girl named Scout who got it in her head to go to band so she would be able to attend a festival. At first she is horrible at music and you just want to shake Scout a bit to just do the practice but then things go better and better and friendship is found and I just loved seeing Scout grow. Get better. Scout was so relatable. Haha. I just loved that girl. And I also liked Scout’s friends Merrin and Lou! I loved for each friend (and also Scout) we got a small introduction with pronouns and what they were good at. That was fun! There were a few things I was less a fan of but that had to do mostly with how done the graphic novel was. Sometimes text bubbles were empty (thus no clue what they were talking about), some pages had full colour, others had nothing or just a dot here and there, some were just sketches. It was a tad confusing. So I will definitely be buying the book to add to my collection and see the finished product. I would give this book drum roll: Star rating, 5 stars Read my blog for 15 reactions I had for this book: https://twirlingbookprincess.com/2022...

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✧・゚⁽⁽ଘ Shreya ଓ⁾⁾✧・゚

    My Rating: 4 Stars This is bringing back memories of playing the drums in 4th-grade band... I don't generally read middle-grade graphic novels but I really enjoyed this one! It's such a cute and relatable story- Cute because of the art style and relatable because of her fangirling! Characters: I really liked both of the main characters, and the side characters were nice too, especially Mr.Varma! Seriously, though, he was such a nice band teacher and teacher in general, and I really appreciated his e My Rating: 4 Stars This is bringing back memories of playing the drums in 4th-grade band... I don't generally read middle-grade graphic novels but I really enjoyed this one! It's such a cute and relatable story- Cute because of the art style and relatable because of her fangirling! Characters: I really liked both of the main characters, and the side characters were nice too, especially Mr.Varma! Seriously, though, he was such a nice band teacher and teacher in general, and I really appreciated his enthusiasm and encouragement. Merrin She seems mean on the outside but is really nice when once you get to know her, so as the book progressed I liked her more and more. She's very enthusiastic and passionate about the trombone and is actually encouraging at times though she can also be a tough tutor. Scott: Merrin said "I believe it's admirable to strive for things that are important to you." and Scout did that which I really liked about her. She thought band would be terrible and had no trombone skills whatsoever but went for it anyway to get the chance to meet her favorite author. I probably gave a whole star just for Scout and how inspiring she was, to be honest. Yes, she missed out on a lot of band practices at the start and yes she lied about her trombone skills but, also, she changed by the end and started to really become a band kid. And also Merrin! I have to say it again, she was such a great character and watching their friendship grow as the book went on was definitely one of my favorite parts of this book. I would have liked a more clear resolution with her friends who didn't accept her so that it would finish all the plot points it started, and I would have liked the whole novel to be in color instead of just parts of it, but overall, this was a really fun graphic novel that I'd recommend! You can find me post for the blog tour here

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steph L

    Characters The characters in this novel were absolutely fantastic, and I loved them. These characters and their love for the band, and music took me back to my high school days of being in choirs. Fandom also played another role in the characters’ lives specifically, a book and video game fandom, and I loved their passion so much. As a lover of books and video games, I loved seeing two things I love as plot points in the book. Band kids and students involved in the arts tend to stick together an Characters The characters in this novel were absolutely fantastic, and I loved them. These characters and their love for the band, and music took me back to my high school days of being in choirs. Fandom also played another role in the characters’ lives specifically, a book and video game fandom, and I loved their passion so much. As a lover of books and video games, I loved seeing two things I love as plot points in the book. Band kids and students involved in the arts tend to stick together and find their group of friends when they join a creative extracurricular. They showed this in the novel when Scout joined the band and found new friends there. Also, the way Scout and Merrin had a rocky start and then became friends, was so sweet. Character profiles with stats were a fun and creative addition to the story and their personalities. Plot The plot in this novel is one that was very fun to follow. Scout joins the band to meet her favorite author at a fest the band performs at, and I loved following the journey in the story. Through her time in the band, Scout goes on a journey of self-discovery and growth, which was fun to go along for the ride on. Although Scout started off joining the band for the wrong reasons, she made friends with common interests, and this was exactly what she needed. Another part of the story was about Scout and her online friend Lou, and their friendship was so sweet. As someone who has several online friends as well, I loved reading their scenes. Writing The writing of this novel was fantastic. Jade Armstrong uses tone in a fun and unique way, keeping the reader interested in how the scene will go. Most of Scout is Not A Band Kid is filled with a light and fun tone, which I loved because most of the time, that was Scout’s personality. There are so heavier scenes in the novel, and these had a heavier tone. These scenes also had more honest conversations, which I enjoyed. Art The art in this novel was fantastic, and I loved the art style so much. Scout is Not A Band Kid is a modern story, and the art style feels modern. Sometimes when you read Graphic Novels, the art can take away from the story, and this is not the case here. The art works in tandem with the writing to help tell the story. Enjoyment/ recommend for I recommend this novel to those that want a cute Middle-Grade Contemporary Graphic Novel. Scout Is Not A Band Kid is a love letter to the creative kids, and I loved that so much. I’m going to keep recommending this to both kids and adults for years to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Wendt

    This was such a relatable middle grade graphic novel. Working in a Middle School, I found Scout's struggle to fit in with her friends while hiding who she really is to be such an honest view of this age. The relationship building between Scout and Merrin was a joy to read. The art style Scout is Not A Band Kid will absolutely resonate with the teens who pick this up. So many kids will see themselves in these pages! I can't wait to recommend this one for our school library! [Read an ARC through Ne This was such a relatable middle grade graphic novel. Working in a Middle School, I found Scout's struggle to fit in with her friends while hiding who she really is to be such an honest view of this age. The relationship building between Scout and Merrin was a joy to read. The art style Scout is Not A Band Kid will absolutely resonate with the teens who pick this up. So many kids will see themselves in these pages! I can't wait to recommend this one for our school library! [Read an ARC through NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus I think this is a case of regional differences. Perhaps other schools are different, but I couldn't believe a student would be allowed into band with no prior knowledge of an instrument in 8th grade. My students who want to read books about band want to hear about players who are really interested in music, so I will pass on this one. There aren't a lot of good middle grade band books out there, but there are some students (like my younger daughter) who take this E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus I think this is a case of regional differences. Perhaps other schools are different, but I couldn't believe a student would be allowed into band with no prior knowledge of an instrument in 8th grade. My students who want to read books about band want to hear about players who are really interested in music, so I will pass on this one. There aren't a lot of good middle grade band books out there, but there are some students (like my younger daughter) who take this class VERY seriously and wouldn't be all that amused by someone who joined band just to get to an event to meet an author. This might be more popular in a library where students are really interested in Comic Con type events. Certainly an interesting graphic novel, and might go over well with fans of Telgemeier's Drama. There are not too many graphic novels about the performing arts for middle grade readers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    OMGoodness! I adored Scout is Not a Band Kid! This Middle Grade Graphic Novel is packed full of lessons on working hard, succeeding when you put your mind to it, and building friendships in the unlikeliest places. I can’t get over how incredibly joyously queer this book is without being so on the nose with it. We have Enby kids (which makes so much sense, seeing as how the author is also Non-Binary) and they weren’t treated differently for it. I had a HUGE smile while reading 90% of this book and OMGoodness! I adored Scout is Not a Band Kid! This Middle Grade Graphic Novel is packed full of lessons on working hard, succeeding when you put your mind to it, and building friendships in the unlikeliest places. I can’t get over how incredibly joyously queer this book is without being so on the nose with it. We have Enby kids (which makes so much sense, seeing as how the author is also Non-Binary) and they weren’t treated differently for it. I had a HUGE smile while reading 90% of this book and loved every second of it! Scout definitely is helping to reinforce the nerdiness of the average band member and no one is sad about it. She’s a cosplayer who loves a video game that’s based on a best-selling novel series about a magical girl! Oh!!! Scout and her friend Lou are also writing a comic together. I love all of it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melancholic Blithe ⚡

    There’s so much this graphic novel discusses – djfsodfof. First of, it was superamazing and superinteresting, especially they dynamic that existed between Scout and her friends. Of course, I understand the friend dynamism existing because of the book being Middle Grade, but it made me feel so many things. Scout and Merrin were such relatable characters and their interests in things was infectious. Scout didn’t pay much attention to how amazing her artistic skills were and Merrin didn’t realize sh There’s so much this graphic novel discusses – djfsodfof. First of, it was superamazing and superinteresting, especially they dynamic that existed between Scout and her friends. Of course, I understand the friend dynamism existing because of the book being Middle Grade, but it made me feel so many things. Scout and Merrin were such relatable characters and their interests in things was infectious. Scout didn’t pay much attention to how amazing her artistic skills were and Merrin didn’t realize she wasn’t being too much. I loved how they complimented each other and worked on their fears and other stuff. The way Jade had included character card with pronouns, strengths and weaknesses for all the characters was truly awesome to see. Also, how eventually Scout figured out the deal with her friends. Hope to see more work from the author! ❤ I was provided with an arc of the book in exchange for an honest review

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    In this clever graphic novel, Scout is obsessed with meeting her favorite author. She dreams of attending Almontefest to meet the author but can’t afford the trip. When Scout learns that the school band will be performing at the festival, she convinces the band director to let her join band. Things go poorly when Scout realizes that it’s hard to fake playing the trombone. Scout begins to take band more seriously after being paired with Merrin and as their friendship grows they learn that they bo In this clever graphic novel, Scout is obsessed with meeting her favorite author. She dreams of attending Almontefest to meet the author but can’t afford the trip. When Scout learns that the school band will be performing at the festival, she convinces the band director to let her join band. Things go poorly when Scout realizes that it’s hard to fake playing the trombone. Scout begins to take band more seriously after being paired with Merrin and as their friendship grows they learn that they both love the same author and make plans to attend an author meet-and-greet at the festival. But when their performance schedule changes, will they ditch the band or forego meeting the author?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stéphanie Louis

    Scout is in Middle Grade and she absolutely wants to meet her favorite author. Easy, right? Well not for Scout. In order to meet her idol, she has to join the band. Otherwise she will never be able to go to the location of the event. However this isn’t at all as easy as it sounded in her head. Having played an instrument in the past, I know how hard it is to learn how to read music notes. It looks easy but it definitely isn’t. It was fun to read exactly that passage in the graphic novel. Scout tr Scout is in Middle Grade and she absolutely wants to meet her favorite author. Easy, right? Well not for Scout. In order to meet her idol, she has to join the band. Otherwise she will never be able to go to the location of the event. However this isn’t at all as easy as it sounded in her head. Having played an instrument in the past, I know how hard it is to learn how to read music notes. It looks easy but it definitely isn’t. It was fun to read exactly that passage in the graphic novel. Scout trying to learn how to play the Trombone and I just had to laugh at some parts. I found it so important to read about how Scout had to take some serious decisions about friendships, school and the true meaning about life. I’m certain that this graphic novel isn’t only for the children out here but also for older readers like myself. I loved the writing style of the author and it will certainly not be my last read by them. Scout is not a band kid is one of my favorite reads and I hope it will be yours as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Super cute and totally not what I expected. Friendship, nerdiness, changing relationships, learning new skills and life paths, and becoming a reliable person/friend/bandmate! With humor and art and music, which I also can't read, despite doing drums for a year in middle school... This could've easily been a series! Will keep an eye out for more by this artist. Super cute and totally not what I expected. Friendship, nerdiness, changing relationships, learning new skills and life paths, and becoming a reliable person/friend/bandmate! With humor and art and music, which I also can't read, despite doing drums for a year in middle school... This could've easily been a series! Will keep an eye out for more by this artist.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tori Gellman

    Super charming. Female trombonist representation for the win!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    3.5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    AK

    I love that they play trombone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maddy (maddysreads)

    This was a great book. I love how friendship change is a main theme of this book. Accepting those changes, and being your true self.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    Scout is determined to do whatever it takes to meet her favorite graphic novelist, even if it means joining the school band to play the trombone -- an instrument she can't actually play. Scout is determined to do whatever it takes to meet her favorite graphic novelist, even if it means joining the school band to play the trombone -- an instrument she can't actually play.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zoey Wyn

    Total band kid!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

    Great first book! I look forward to your long career.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    AUDREY'S ONE-SENTENCE BOOK REVIEWS THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR ME (BRASS PLAYER WHO IS A LITTLE TOO INTO MAGICAL GIRL ANIME) AUDREY'S ONE-SENTENCE BOOK REVIEWS THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR ME (BRASS PLAYER WHO IS A LITTLE TOO INTO MAGICAL GIRL ANIME)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I love the character development!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bexa

    Scout is Not a Band Kid while being entertaining, doesn't feel like it has much of anything happening with it. Scout really likes this one comic creator/designer who is old and probably going to die soon, so she decides to fake playing trombone because she knows the band will be going to the conference that this creator will be at. Only problem is that Scout does not know how to play trombone. Through lots of miscommunication, lies, and false friendship, Scout is able to make her dream come true Scout is Not a Band Kid while being entertaining, doesn't feel like it has much of anything happening with it. Scout really likes this one comic creator/designer who is old and probably going to die soon, so she decides to fake playing trombone because she knows the band will be going to the conference that this creator will be at. Only problem is that Scout does not know how to play trombone. Through lots of miscommunication, lies, and false friendship, Scout is able to make her dream come true, except it's not her original dream. Since this was an ARC, there were missing dialogue and unfinished artwork, which isn't a problem, I'm just wondering what I missed. I just didn't like any of the characters; Scout lies to all of her friends about everything, Merrin is so stressed because she wants to get into a prestigious school and so treats those around her as less than, Lennox and Kim are just terrible people who put those around them down constantly and can only like the newest thing, Chris Vic and PB are nice enough but they encourage Scout's skipping band and not caring about the class, and Lou is alright as they encourage Scout but we don't get enough of them due to them living in another province. It was entertaining, but the friendship in the end wasn't worth the story. I'm sure that middle schoolers will enjoy it, especially if they're band geeks. Copy provided by NetGalley and publisher.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    Thoughts and Themes: I love reading graphic novels as I find they are a great way to immerse yourself in whatever you are reading. I really liked how this book mixed academics, band, and fandom together to create the story. I liked how we get to see the expectations that Scout’s old friends have of her and how they expect her to like new things now that they have “grown” up. While Scout hasn’t let go of her favorite things, she does keep her interests away from her friend group and only lets her Thoughts and Themes: I love reading graphic novels as I find they are a great way to immerse yourself in whatever you are reading. I really liked how this book mixed academics, band, and fandom together to create the story. I liked how we get to see the expectations that Scout’s old friends have of her and how they expect her to like new things now that they have “grown” up. While Scout hasn’t let go of her favorite things, she does keep her interests away from her friend group and only lets her true self out while amongst her online friend, Lou. Characters: This story introduces you to several characters as they interact with our main character, Scout. I really love the way each of them is introduced to the reader as it feels like you are playing a video game. I also like how we get not only their stats but name and pronouns for each character as well. I found that there was a lot of diversity among the characters that are included in this story. I loved the friendship that develops between Scout and Merrin throughout this whole book. I liked how their friendship first was forced because they both played the same instrument within the band but then it became a choice. I loved how Scout is the first real friend that Merrin has and isn’t deterred by her personality, and how Scout is able to be herself around Merrin, unlike her other friends. Writing/Art Style: I really enjoy the art style of this book and would love to see the whole thing printed in color. I love how you can tell which character is whom and there is no point in time in which I was confused about the character’s identities. I also really loved the variety in the clothes that all of the characters wear depending on their setting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    15 Reactions to Scout is Not a Band Kid Oh, the colour schemes of this book are so beautiful. All the pastels and wait, oh why is there black and white panels. I love it! 😍 “Did you know she [author Scout wants to visit] was born before computers? How is that even possible” what even, my sweet summer child. Kids are so funny 😂 What schools have silversmithing as a club?! Why did my school not have that? So the school band club is going to the festival Scout wants to go to, how convenient, is she act 15 Reactions to Scout is Not a Band Kid Oh, the colour schemes of this book are so beautiful. All the pastels and wait, oh why is there black and white panels. I love it! 😍 “Did you know she [author Scout wants to visit] was born before computers? How is that even possible” what even, my sweet summer child. Kids are so funny 😂 What schools have silversmithing as a club?! Why did my school not have that? So the school band club is going to the festival Scout wants to go to, how convenient, is she actually going to join? Can she play an instrument? Ohhh, no she can’t… Hahahaha Merrin is an absolute treasure! Bless Scout for thinking she can fake it till she makes it but I don’t think you can do that with an instrument 👀 Each character has a top trumps style abilities card when introduced. They’re being marked on strength, charisma and wisdom, that’s so cool! Is this a love story? Because Scout looks like she is in awe and in love with Merrin playing. Merrin even has flowers and sparkles in the shot, so beautiful, so elegant. Scout playing is just “BWOP”, I totally did not laugh out loud for that WOW 😂 I feel so bad for Merrin, it sucks to be so serious about something you love and other people make a mockery out of it, I hope we see Scout change her ways! I love how this is basically Scout finding her real friends who love her for the things that she loves! Like yes, let’s celebrate fandom and art and music and nerdy stuff, enjoy all your interests because they’re important! Oh, this has the cutest art style ever, I need more of it ASAP 😍 Definitely need more graphic novels from Jade Armstrong!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eBook ARC of this title. Scout *needs* to attend a festival so she can meet her favorite author, but the only way she can get there is by joining the school band so she can go on the school trip to a band competition at the same festival. Scout decides to pick up the trombone, despite having zero experience with instruments or reading music (something she neglects to mention to the band teacher). Scout clashes with the other trombone player, Merrin, Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eBook ARC of this title. Scout *needs* to attend a festival so she can meet her favorite author, but the only way she can get there is by joining the school band so she can go on the school trip to a band competition at the same festival. Scout decides to pick up the trombone, despite having zero experience with instruments or reading music (something she neglects to mention to the band teacher). Scout clashes with the other trombone player, Merrin, who doesn’t think Scout takes it seriously and is majorly irked that someone who doesn’t know how to play (and seemingly isn’t all that interested in learning) is allowed to join the band. I’ll totally admit it - I sided with Merrin on this and found her to be a much more sympathetic and interesting character than Scout. Merrin works really hard on her music. Scout lies about her trombone ability, skips practice for two weeks, plays random notes, refuses to try, and just kind of acts like a jerk at times in the beginning. Full disclosure: I was a middle grade band kid who worked really hard at being a top seated clarinet so I definitely vibed with Merrin’s character more. I definitely think middle schoolers will enjoy this book in general. It’s a good story of coming into your own, compromise, and forging friendships (while also ending friendships that are toxic, which is something a lot of middle school kids have to think about). I give it 3.5 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eBook ARC of this title. Scout *needs* to attend a festival so she can meet her favorite author, but the only way she can get there is by joining the school band so she can go on the school trip to a band competition at the same festival. Scout decides to pick up the trombone, despite having zero experience with instruments or reading music (something she neglects to mention to the band teacher). Scout clashes with the other trombone player, Merrin, Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eBook ARC of this title. Scout *needs* to attend a festival so she can meet her favorite author, but the only way she can get there is by joining the school band so she can go on the school trip to a band competition at the same festival. Scout decides to pick up the trombone, despite having zero experience with instruments or reading music (something she neglects to mention to the band teacher). Scout clashes with the other trombone player, Merrin, who doesn’t think Scout takes it seriously and is majorly irked that someone who doesn’t know how to play (and seemingly isn’t all that interested in learning) is allowed to join the band. I’ll totally admit it - I sided with Merrin on this and found her to be a much more sympathetic and interesting character than Scout. Merrin works really hard on her music. Scout lies about her trombone ability, skips practice for two weeks, plays random notes, refuses to try, and just kind of acts like a jerk at times in the beginning. Full disclosure: I was a middle grade band kid who worked really hard at being a top seated clarinet so I definitely vibed with Merrin’s character more. I definitely think middle schoolers will enjoy this book in general. It’s a good story of coming into your own, compromise, and forging friendships (while also ending friendships that are toxic, which is something a lot of middle school kids have to think about). I give it 3.5 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    kt

    Representation included: nonbinary author and multiple characters that use they/them pronouns, a side character who is a girl with a crush on a girl The hardback is gorgeous, I love the teal and it’s cool that there are two different covers. This was such a fun and cute read! It was especially cool as a former middle school trombone player just as the author and main character are. The trombone depiction was incredibly accurate, it brought me back. Except my section was 2 girls including me and a Representation included: nonbinary author and multiple characters that use they/them pronouns, a side character who is a girl with a crush on a girl The hardback is gorgeous, I love the teal and it’s cool that there are two different covers. This was such a fun and cute read! It was especially cool as a former middle school trombone player just as the author and main character are. The trombone depiction was incredibly accurate, it brought me back. Except my section was 2 girls including me and about 7 boys. The art is stunning. Some of the friendship dialogue was inconsistent with weird mini fights but the characters are in middle school, I don’t expect anything more. Rambles: - “Holy Moly Catholic School” - How did she have a non approved solo during her first concert - The color palette and all the scenery shots are stunning - Scout and Merrin enemies to lovers ??? (kidding they’re just friends) - “You just memorized the slide parterns instead of really learning to read, eh?” That’s real!!!! - “Well, I LOVED how you started the chapter with the two of them loathing each other…” - Pickle spears and fries? I need this truck - Internet friend rep - They’re so best friend shaped - The panel of Merrin in a suit and Scout in a dress is so cute I’m <33 - The character art and references in the back is precious. Love all the character designs. - The mini comics are SO accurate to middle school band and trombone especially

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