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DJ Rising Hardcover – February 6, 2012

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* "This gritty, pulsating peek into a lesser-known world reverberates with the energy of a thumping dance club."―Booklist, starred review

"[R]eaders will relish reading about Marley's rise to fame despite his harrowing situation. A new voice worth watching."―Kirkus

"Passionate, insightful, and beautifully told."―Edward Bloor, author of Crusader and Tangerine

"I've got a mad beat in my heart for DJ Rising. It goes LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE."―Julie Anne Peters, author of Luna and Keeping You a Secret

"Love Maia spins the perfect mix in DJ Rising. Dreams, ambition, sadness, blooming love, and ultimately hope. I adore this novel. Marley's beautifully told story will steal your heart."―Matt de la Pena, author of We Were Here and I Will Save You

"In a crackling voice that will draw readers into the story and keep them there until the final page, Love Maia skillfully portrays the passion of pursuing a dream, and the difficulties that come with trying to hold on to it."―Tim Tharp, author of The Spectacular Now

"Love Maia has created a star in Marley, someone who overcomes the odds, fights for his dreams, and isn't afraid to get lost in the music!"―Coe Booth, author of Tyrell and Bronxwood

"If--like me--you've been saved by music a trillion times, this rhythmic, pulsing, hip, and completely satisfying debut was spun just for you."―Matthew Quick, author of Boy21 and Sorta Like a Rock Star --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Love Maia has worked construction, flown planes, and starred in an infomercial. As a writer, she relates deeply to her main character, Marley, sharing his passion for music and his belief in dreaming big. She loves the freeing energy of the club world, as well as pizza, kickboxing, butterflies, death metal, and underground hip-hop. When not hard at work on her next novel, Love can be found playing drums in an alternative rock band at various bars and clubs around San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Kentucky Bluegrass Awards 2013 Master List Grades 9-12
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316121878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316121873
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Love Maia has always been a reluctant reader. She sees her writing as an opportunity to reach out to other reluctant readers and make books more enjoyable for them by combining literature and music. She likes underground hip-hop, pizza, fog, death metal, and butterflies. Her Pearl drums and her Technics also please her immensely. When not working on her next novel, Love can be found playing drums in an alternative rock band. Visit her online at www.lovemaia.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MARK D. MCQUILLEN on February 1, 2012
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"DJ Rising" is an awesome book that draws you in with the first page when it describes how a DJ can move an audience to the dance floor, raise their spirits, and even bring calm after a bar fight. It's about a DJ in high school named Marley who dreams of developing his art and playing the coolest clubs. Music is in Marley's blood. In fact, he was born at a Bob Marley tribute concert. But there are some major challenges in his life. He practically parents his herion addicted mother and he deals with a lot of conflict at school between the different groups of kids. He also works long hours as a waiter to pay the rent and buy food. He's able to escape the stress and pain of his life through his music. Marley finds a great teacher who can help him take his music to the next level but ultimately he must look deep within himself to discover who he is as an artist and as a man. I highly recommend this fast-paced book that will have you hearing in your head the music that Marley mixes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I love music! I've never been musically talented myself, even though I have tried my hand at playing guitar, violin, and a number of other musical instruments. I have friends that are good at these kinds of things, so I leave all of that stuff up to them....but I wish I could do the things they do. That is why I wanted to read this book. I love the fact that the author isn't a huge reader and she created this book to help other reluctant readers read and learn about music at the same time. That is pretty smart, if you ask me!

First 50 Pages: I also really like the fact that this book is narrated from the view point of a teen boy named Marley. In my experience, boys need more of a push to read then girls do. I'm a married woman who struggles just to get my husband to read and he is very picky about what he will or will not read. I think making this book revolve around a teen boy will make other teen boys want to sit down and take time to read, especially since it involves music, clubs, and hard issues like drug abuse. I was very impressed with the pace and the flow of the author's writing and I immediately became wrapped up in Marley's story from the first chapter.

Characters & Plot: Marley is an awesome kid who has to deal with things that he shouldn't have to deal with. I love flawed characters and Marley isn't a prefect kid, and he doesn't always make the best choices, but he is so likable and you can't help rooting for him to follow his dreams. He is also bi-racial which is so hard to find in books and I'm glad that the author chose to make his character as such.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jasmyn T. Brand on April 26, 2013
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This story shows that even if you have a bad life, you dont have to be bad. The story had the perspective of a struggling teen who knows that his life with nothing but dreams turned to nothing but life. He lives his tragic life the way he wants it. I love the life he wants to see and then makes it a amazing reality. I bet any teenager who reads this book they will also totally love it too. The feeling is sweet and sending a message to teens that when all fails make your dreams a reality.
-Jasmyn B.
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While I felt DJ Rising might be a bit unrealistic, it was an interesting, heartwarming story.

Marley has a hard life. His mother is a heroin addict, so Marley must earn enough to support both himself and his mother. Totally on his own. He' attending a prestigious high school on scholarship, and all the rich kids at the school know he's not one of them. But he has a strong desire to go to college, and he works hard and gets straight As.

But, the most important thing to Marley is music. His dad, who was killed in a car accident, got him started DJing, and Marley's band instructor has helped him hone his skills. It's all Marley dreams of -- being a DJ at a popular club.

Marley gets some opportunities to DJ, and meets some people who help him. He also makes some progress in the romance department. Things might be looking up at home too. For a while, Marley sees all his dreams coming true.

Marley really has it together. Almost too much together. He has some great friends, but really not much of a support system, and at the beginning of DJ Rising he's working and studying, and cleaning and cooking and it all seems a bit too easy.

There are a lot of descriptions of being a DJ. The songs he plays and how he mixes them together. Also, how he tries to create his own music. All the parts about his passion for music and DJing got really repetitive.

My favorite part of DJ Rising is the last 25%. The tension builds. Marley meets some real obstacles and he overcomes them successfully. Parts of this resolution are a bit lucky, but it still made me feel good.

Teens who love music would definitely be drawn to DJ Rising. It's a story about how working hard and sticking with your dreams can all pay off--a message that's important to today's teens.
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"DJ Rising" is a realistic walk in the first person shoes of Marley, an inner city 16-year-old with a heroin addicted mother and ambitious dreams of his own. Marley is torn between fighting for his own dreams and caring for what is left of his family.

The author has done an excellent job of bringing Marley to life. He is authentic, three dimensional, complex, rich and convoluted. Marley's situation, while dire, is universal in the sense that one's dreams are often in direct conflict with one's obligations. Every reader can relate to Marley, regardless of his or her background.

"DJ Rising" packs an emotional punch that engages the reader, regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic background, and not only entertains, but demands deeper thinking about common stereotypes. Marley is living well below the poverty line, is mixed-race, and could very easily become a common statistic. In bringing Marley's story to life in such a compelling and realistic manner, the author has challenged us to look beyond the clothes, beyond the stereotypes and beyond our own assumptions to discover how Marley embodies the desires of all young people: to love and be loved, to have a family, and to leave one's mark for the betterment of mankind.

"DJ Rising" truly has universal appeal. It is beautifully written and is both sentimental and genuine. This debut novel by Love Maia is not afraid to tell the truth, and this reviewer is looking forward to her sophomore endeavor.
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