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Pod does card tricks to prove he’s in control. Flaco is rich and loyal beyond words to his abuelo. Manny is desperate to get out of his Bar Mitzvah. Together, what these middle-school misfits want most is for their fledgling band to get noticed. When their made-up song conjures a strange man in Pod’s ancient barn, fame follows so fast it’s scary. As strange things spew from Pod’s guitar, the boys in the band wonder how much of their success comes from talent and how much comes from a dark power they don’t understand. What will they risk for stardom?
A gangster look-alike named Fred convinces them they’ve made a deal with the devil—their souls swapped for a chance at fame. But once they nail a spot in the Battleband competition, each of the boys has his own reasons for wanting to win. As rising Battleband stars, they ascend from seeming invisibility to sudden popularity. The stakes go up when Fred, acting as their agent, snags a chance for their band, Fly, to open for a famous group called Seventh Circle.
Complicating their struggles are conflicts with one another, their relationships at school, and family problems. But when Fred threatens the people they love and his Big Boss wants them to sing a disturbing song about suicide, the boys know they can’t let their band be used as an instrument of destruction. With the help of their school librarian, they find problems with Fred’s deal. But will it be enough to save them?
In this first book of the Battleband Saga (www.battlebandsaga.com), acclaimed novelists Gail Giles and Deb Vanasse team up in an adventure of music, magic, and myth that puts a fresh spin on a timeless tale. A colorful cast, complex emotions, lively wording, rich allusions, evocative imagery, and multiple layers of meaning add appeal for all ages.
“Brilliant and strikingly new!” says Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of Stuck in Neutral. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find three greater kids to root for in this fight against the devil.”
Hunchback Assignments author Arthur Slade says, “Turn this book up to eleven! It puts the buzz in Beelzebub and the power in power chords.”
Kirkus Reviews calls No Returns “the first movement in an ambitious song cycle of a tale.”
Targeted Age Group: young adult
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s both suspenseful and funny, with strong and likable characters.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Persevere! Those who work at it get better and better. Between them, Gail and Deb have published over 20 books.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A student who liked to draw “devil stuff” in his notebook. Gail asked him what he’d do if the devil actually showed up.
About the Author:
Gail Giles is the author of several young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. Her second, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA Top 10 Quick pick and a Book Sense 76 selection.
Deb Vanasse is the author of more than a dozen books for readers of all ages. Her debut novel, A Distant Enemy, was a Junior Literary Guild selection and is featured in Best Books for Young Readers, as was Out of the Wilderness.