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Booklist: Sing Sing Sing

June 20th, 2009 (09:40 am)

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Singin' in the Rain by Gene Kelly

Why simply walk and talk when you can dance and sing?

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a performer. Music is a very important part of my life. I sing to music. I dance to music. If I am not singing or listening to music, I am singing or composing in my head.

Here now is a variety of stories about singers, some bold, some shy. There's a character who only sings in her school choir, another who wants to be a professional opera singer, and many others who come alive on stage.

For ages 8 and up
Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
Lucky Stars by Lucy Frank
In the Cards by Mariah Fredericks
- Love
- Fame
- Life
The Maggie Valley Trilogy by Kerry Madden
- Gentle's Holler
- Louisiana's Song
- Jessie's Mountain

For ages 13 and up
Diva by Alex Flinn
Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn
Grace's Turn by Christy Carlson Romano
The Good Girl by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger
Plastic Angel* by Nerissa Nields

For ages 15 and up
Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer
Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones
- Sequel: Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) by Carrie Jones

For adults
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Tara McCarthy

* I often wish these books came with CDs so I could hear the characters sing. Plastic Angel has a CD with the title track.

Related Booklists:
But I Don't Want to Be Famous!
But I DO Want to Be Famous!
I Am a Dancer
Book Playlists


Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: March 12th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)

Have you read To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel?

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: March 12th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)

Oops, I meant to post this comment on your "I am a Dancer" booklist. Sorry!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)

I intend to, but it has yet to be stocked at my local library!

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: March 12th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)

Make sure to read it when they do!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)

I shall! :)

Posted by: alixwrites (alexflinn)
Posted at: March 24th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)

Thanks for including DIVA on your "Sing Sing Sing" booklist. I'm glad you discovered Gaby's BACKSTAGE PASS. She's in my SCBWI, and I thought her book deserved more notice than it got. Another friend has a "but I do want to be famous" book coming out in 2008 (I think. I'm actually supposed to be reading her revision right at this very moment). It's about an ordinary girl who is thrust into the modeling world after going with her beautiful sister to an open call at the mall. The author, Debbie Fischer, worked in the modeling industry in SoBe and was in the Miss Florida pageant. The title is (I love this) BRALESS IN WONDERLAND.

So, look for it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 24th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)

You are welcome. I really liked DIVA. You deserve additional kudos for having her stick to her genre - to classical opera - whereas many other people would feel pressured to do something more "hip." (I've seen it happen with friends and students, and it always breaks my heart.)

Yes, BACKSTAGE PASS is adorable. I liked CUBANITA as well.

Cute title! The inclusion of the word WONDERLAND would make me pick it up straightaway. (I'm an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.) Keep me posted on it.

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