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Gr 6-9–After a car accident leaves Travis's mother with traumatic brain injuries, his father can't cope–he loses his job, forces the kids to quit school, and eventually kicks Travis out of the house. Armed with eight dollars, some food, and his mother's guitar, the 13-year-old sets out to make his way in the Adirondack Mountains surrounding his home. Surviving through the kindness of strangers, especially a guitar-maker and his friends who refrain from alerting child services, Travis discovers that music is the key to healing his mother and his family. It's rather unbelievable that in a story of a boy living on his own, the worst Travis endures is rainy nights and an unscrupulous musician stealing his guitar. Good people help Travis almost everywhere he turns and give him a place to stay and recover and process what has happened. The tidy ending fits well with the story that flirts with, but never crosses over to, gritty territory. In a story populated with old men and crusty but kindhearted diner waitresses, Travis's week on his own may seem like a fantasy, but offers readers a glimpse into small-town mountain life.Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
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After suffering brain trauma from an accident on an Adirondack road, Travis Tacey’s mom loses her ability to speak, and life at home grows steadily tenser until Travis’ dad throws his 13-year-old son out the door. Scared and hungry, Travis tries to make a living singing with his mom’s old guitar, but then even that small comfort gets stolen. Miraculously, Travis finds a job with a gifted guitar maker who shares Travis’ love of music, which helps him begin to find his way. The story gets off to a slow start with sketchy, unconvincing development of Travis’ father and older sister, but Auch’s novel takes off when Travis begins his solo journey. Naïve, angry, grieving, and determined Travis is wholly believable. The inclusion of the luthier and his kindly crony allows Auch to provide intriguing information about the making and playing of guitars. Budding musicians will be fascinated by the details, but all readers will find their heartstrings plucked by this story that demonstrates the healing impact of music on a wounded family. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Golden Sower Young Adult 2013
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805091122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,962,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PageTurner on March 22, 2015
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My son (11) absolutely loved this book when he read it last year. Intact, he loved it so much, he's been in guitar lessons for the past 6 months.
He's read everything written by MJ Auch and is only complaint is that there aren't enough books.
The one handed catch changed the way he felt about reading, he loves to read now because of MJ Auch!
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When I added “Guitar Boy” to my TBR pile, I remember thinking that it sounded more like a middle grade novel than a YA. That idea might have stemmed from the summary, or the knowledge that the last novel I read by M.J. Auch was one I read at fourteen and pulled from the MG section in the library. Whatever the intended audience, I finished “Guitar Boy” in a day and loved every minute of it.

Travis is a fourteen year old guitar player whose life has been turned upside down in the wake of his mother’s car accident and subsequent injuries. His father is trying and failing to run the household and keep his five children fed, and a string of bad decisions leads to him throwing Travis out of the house. Travis ends up unofficially apprenticed to a local guitar-maker while he attempts to piece his life and his family back together.

For an incredibly simple premise, this story had so much heart and so much personality. It wasn’t as much about music as it was about connection–to the family you’re born with and the family you choose. The people Travis meets when he’s isolated from everything he knows become as much a family to him as the one he’s left behind, and I loved watching those bonds strengthen as the story progresses. All of the characters in “Guitar Boy” felt authentic, like if you pulled off the interstate at some nowhere town in the Adirondacks you might encounter any of them.

Every one of the subplots tied neatly together, from the local festival Travis helps the guitar-maker prepare for, to Travis’s own missing family heirloom guitar, to his attempts to reach his mother. The links in the overall chain of events were believable and heart-wrenching and ultimately hopeful.
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