Gr 5-8-Since third grade, Tatum and Lori have been inseparable, but now that middle school is drawing to a close, things are changing. Tatum first notices this when Michael moves to town-the new kid, the new clarinet player who threatens Tatum's chance at getting into the District Honor Band, and whose immediate interest in Lori threatens the girls' friendship. As Lori begins to take Michael's side over Tay's, going so far as to ask her to throw her Honor Band audition so that Michael can claim the coveted spot, Tay struggles to cope with the change in her best friend. Tay is also wrestling with her parents' recent separation and a friend who might want to be more from their relationship. The plot focuses on the upcoming band auditions, but the story is driven by the changing dynamics, all of which ring true to middle-school dramas. Tay's parents, while not deeply developed as characters, are supportive without being intrusive. The ultimate message-that we don't always get everything we want, even after sacrifices and hard work-is a valuable one, presented subtly. Girls looking for a realistic story will enjoy this one, and even those without musical aspirations will identify with Tatum's problems.-Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Dominy (OyMG) presents a believably conflicted protagonist with a narrative voice to match; musicians will appreciate the many details Dominy works into the story. Tatum confronts her predicaments with humor and growing maturity as she builds the confidence necessary to handle change. Ages 10-14. - Publishers Weekly
Dominy's characters and situations--shown through Tatum's authentic voice--ring wholly true as newly developing boy/girl connections inevitably affect the girl/girl friendships that preceded them. Tatum's maturing recognition of her own self-worth and realistic outcomes...make this a satisfying and believable read. -Kirkus
My granddaughter who likes orchestra, math, and reading told me it was a great b'day gift. She really liked it.Published 14 months ago by Lonnie
Aside from the choice of names (I'm from the UK and didn't quite understand the cross-over between male and female names in this book), I was sold on this book from the start. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by laura_geek
Audition and Subtraction was a good middle grade novel. The book is about a girl named Tatum. Everything is changing around her and she doesn't like it. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
Amy Dominy did it again! Audition & Subtraction is a fun and refreshing novel. We meet best friends TayLo (Tatum and Lori) who have been each other's rock since the moment they... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Cari
AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION is like a favorite boyfriend on a cool afternoon; something you want to cozy up with and never let go. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Shiela Blankemeier