death of a family member EAL ELLEnglish as a second language English as an additional language English language learners ESL friendship grief hi-lo hi/lo high interest high-low high/low homeless teen LGBTQ LGBTQIA loss of a parent love low readability low reading level music musician punk rock reading strategies relationships reluctant readers singer struggling readers substance abuse teen issues teen readers trans character young adult readers
Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one-to be a rock star-and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. So when a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy). Can she find a new purpose in punk? And will the drummer with the amazing smile break her heart?
The band goes on tour, and everything hinges on Kallie. It's a lot of pressure-especially when you throw in substance abuse and Kallie's deadbeat mom showing up at the worst time. Kallie must learn to trust her friends, and herself, if she's going to get over the past and make a new future. But if she dares to dream again, will she lose it all?
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