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Indie Girl: From Starting a Band to Launching a Fashion Company, Nine Ways to Turn Your Creative Talent into Reality Paperback – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1160L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979017335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979017339
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7 Up—A feisty guide for teens to bring their creative impulses to fruition. Fresh and fun in their approach, Johnson and Macklin walk readers through the basics of publishing a zine, mounting an art exhibit, forming a dance troupe, organizing a parade, filming a TV show, staging a play, and hosting a poetry slam. Each chapter is sprinkled with suggestions from successful professionals and other "insiders." The chapter on mounting an art exhibit offers good, practical advice. The competition (and drive needed) in these fields is fierce. The accessible text also works hard to give readers a fuller understanding of why and how women can work together in the arts—that when there is collaboration, the possibilities are endless. There's nothing new in terms of the advice, but this is a good guide nonetheless. A great choice for readers as they think about their futures.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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“Jam-packed with insider tips and quotes from teenage and professional artists, Indie Girl will both challenge and inspire you to do something out of the ordinary this summer.” — Seventeen Magazine Online

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The tips are helpful and creative.
A. Mufarreh
I wanted to be independent and didn't want my mothers or fathers help, so with Indie Girl - it really taught me how to make my dream a possibility!
Yee Ying Chau Mah
This book has a great voice about it as well, and the graphics are really fun.
Patrick L. Schmitz

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick L. Schmitz on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my daughter and she loved it!
It is unique and original and totally creative. The concept is great and my daughter has gleaned many ideas from it, staging her own open mic in our back yard and even starting a band with her friends (that lasted about a week). This book has a great voice about it as well, and the graphics are really fun. It has become the number one birthday present idea for all of her friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nibbi on July 21, 2008
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While it may be modeled for artistically-minded girls, Indie Girl's advice is just as well suited for any boy looking for a hands-on guide to self expression. I found the advice inside to be creative and helpful, and use of repeatable sections made the book easy to navigate. I especially thought the "Insider Tips" sections were worth mentioning as a standout, mostly because they bring a level of detail and accuracy to the music/fashion/drama business that I hadn't seen in other books like this. Indie Girl approaches everything from an extremely practical and can-do attitude, and its what makes this book so interesting to flip through. Definitely recommend for any pre-teen or teen with any hint of artistic interest- a great starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Love on March 24, 2008
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Cute book, nice concept. Didn't knock my daughter's socks off, but there's some good inspiration in there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Weinstein on July 20, 2008
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This is book is great because its not only funny and an easy read, but it really gives good, factual tips on the logisitcs of how to start a band, or publish your own Zine and so on. I like it because it talks to me as if a I am a capable adult who can create something real, and creative. It inpsires me to start that project I've always wanted to do, and helps me find the the voice to start shouting and making waves.
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INDIE GIRL
ARNE JOHNSON & KAREN MACKLIN
YA Non-fiction

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Girls unite! No longer stand aside while others dictate what you should like or watch. Right from the first page, INDIE GIRL, reinforces the idea to take charge and not settle for anything less.

This upbeat book gives information on how to start a band, publish a zine, put on a play, film a TV show, do an art exhibit, form a dance troupe, launch a fashion company, put together a poetry slam, and even organize a parade. There's also ideas on materials, resources, how to organize and get started with insider tips and tricks of the trade. Throughout this field guide are teen and expert quotes loaded with advice.

The pages are bright and fun without overloading on info. I really liked this book. I especially loved the message of self-empowerment. Don't be afraid to take charge of your dreams! Girls who work together can bring creative charge.

Watch out naysayers! Independent girls are on their way!

Arne Johnson has been a film journalist and filmmaker for nearly 10 years. His most recent collaboration has been with Shane King on the feature documentary Girls Rock! which has been screened at several film festivals around the world and opened in theaters in March 2008.

Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and teacher. She has written dozens of publications nationally, including The New York Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Yoga Journal.

Check out Zest books website at [...] 3% of the sale price of this book will benefit Girls for a change.org

Kim Rapier
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August 2008
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I absolutely loved Indie Girl! This book has everything to teach you how to sate your desires! I've always really been into fashion, and wanted to start my own business - but I had no idea where to start, who to recruit, where to buy stuff, and how to keep our money. I wanted to be independent and didn't want my mothers or fathers help, so with Indie Girl - it really taught me how to make my dream a possibility! With their advice, I have finally been able to design some clothes with a few great friends, and I have even made profit! Indie Girl really helped me come up with ideas that I never thought about and was a great way to help me become independent. I also appreicate the humor added in the book - it really was fun to read and to pursue.
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By C. Reynes on December 2, 2009
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Well, what can I say about this one? It was right up my alley. Indie Girl has everything (Including organizing a parade!) and was a perfect read for me. Not only that, but I swear the authors of this book are geneouses. Not to give anything away...but under the "putting on a play" section, they suggested that the album "American Idiot" would make an awesome musical. Little did they know, two years later it would!

This book was creative and inspiring, and the writing style makes it fun and easy to read. I loved the tips and helpful websites they gave. Indie girl is PERFECT for any teen who loves do it yourself projects! 5 *'s.
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