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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“It has humor, heart, and a touch of romance that will provide ample fodder for booktalks.”
(School Library Journal)

“Marching-band kids everywhere will enjoy this believable celebration of a life-changing, musical rite of passage.”
(Kirkus)

About the Author

Erin Dionne writes humorous books with heart for tweens. Her titles--which are very long--have been named to several state reading lists, ALA lists, and have received some nice attention. They include MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, and NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK. Her latest novel, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING:A 14 DAY MYSTERY, has the longest title yet and is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. She spends an inappropriate amount of time on Facebook, teaches writing at Montserrat College of Art, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.

More About the Author

Erin Dionne writes humorous books with heart for tweens. Her titles--which are very long--have been named to several state reading lists, ALA lists, and have received some nice attention. They include MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES (Dial 2009), THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET (Dial 2010), and NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK (Dial 2011). Her latest novel, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING:A 14 DAY MYSTERY (Dial 2013), has the longest title yet and is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. She spends an inappropriate amount of time on Facebook, teaches writing at Montserrat College of Art, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.

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The characters are well drawn and interesting.
Jessica E. Hope
I would recommend this book to any band geek or even a non band geek it's a great book and really enjoyed it!!
ssamantha zamecki
She grabbed my attention from the get go and I really enjoyed reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on October 21, 2011
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Confession: I will always be a band geek at heart. My junior high and high school years were spent marching around fields and up and down neighborhood streets in parade formation in my small town, riding the band bus, and ogling the boys in the trumpet section. So really...was there any way I was NOT going to like this book? Probably not... but I didn't just like it - I loved it.

Elsie Wyatt is a great twist on the classic fish-out-of-water story, a classic orchestra kid who's forced to join marching band to show "ensemble diversity" for her elite music camp application. Her marching band life is a story of baptism by fire (On the first day, she drops her hat with the big fluffy plume, inspiring the entire band to chant "Chicken down" song at her until she starts clucking.) Things don't get any more dignified from there.

This is a hilarious book that celebrates the best of marching band life in ways that had me both laughing out loud and getting goosebumps, remembering what it was like to be part of something so big and loud and awesome for all those years. And on top of all that, it's a tender, sweet, and funny story about family dynamics (Elsie's dad is a symphony horn player), making friends, first crushes, and figuring out who you really are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess bookie on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My Thoughts: I still need to read Dionne's other novels! I ended up getting the chance to read this one and was very excited. It sounded like such a cute and fun little read. And it was!

We are introduced to Elsie who is a new freshman at a new school. Elsie is a talented french horn player. Her dad is a famous musician and she wants to follow right in his footsteps. In order to audition for a special music group, she must spice up her musical resume a little bit so she joins Marching Band. Her dad doesn't think this is such a good idea. He thinks it will take up too much of her time and distract her. But what choice does she have?

She joins Marching Band and meets a few new friends. She actually enjoys her time spent with them and with the people in Marching Band. The one thing she isn't thrilled about at first is playing the Mellophone. She has to play this instead of her french horn since they don't carry heavy instruments around.

She does feel overwhelmed at times but she's confident and goal orientated. She wants her audition to go smoothly but she also likes her new life. She finally feels like she belongs to something worth while. And yes, there is a bit of romance throughout the novel.

Notes From An Accidental Band Geek was a really cute sweet novel. It brings back memories of high school and makes me wish I could play an instrument, I can't.

Overall: I really enjoyed it! This is one of those feel good novels! Yes, there is a lesson to be learned here but its a fun novel.

Cover: Its cute as heck! Love the horn! Love her skirt and shoes! Very cute cover.

What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes
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I got this as a graduation gift, seeing as I play French Horn and I was in my high school's marching band. I could relate to this book on so many levels, and it moved me. Amazing gift for all band kids!
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By Jessica E. Hope on March 13, 2014
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My daughter and I both really like this book. The characters are well drawn and interesting. Anyone with a history in marching band will LOVE it.
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Heart touching cute one of the best books i read the whole time i felt like the main character because of this awesome author
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By Laginia Jones on January 3, 2014
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LOVE IT. I'm a band geek to and I also play French horn .This book was so good. I love all the friendship and romance
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By ssamantha zamecki on December 20, 2013
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I loved this book so much even though I don't play French horn I play bass clarinet and am looking forward to marching and and even more excited now after reading this book. I would recommend this book to any band geek or even a non band geek it's a great book and really enjoyed it!!
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"This book looks interesting," I said "I should ask for it for my 13th birthday!" I said

Never trust 12 year old girls

Especially when it comes to books.

I asked for this book for my birthday and it was the worst decision of my life. The main character Elsie Wyatt was a terrible human being, her love interest Jake (who she declares her boyfriend after two kisses) and her friends Sarah, and Hector are pretty bland along with her band mate Punk (he's the only band kid other than the three listed above who actually talks to her, wonder why), she treats her parents terribly, and her band is just one big ball of weird. When I got this book I thought I wouldn't get like 95% of this book because I'm not into instruments and stuff like that, it turns out I didn't get 95% of this book because it was not a great book. I have "The Total Tragedy of A Girl Named Hamlet" and my expectations were WAY too high. It took me four months to finish this book (two if you count those months I didn't read it) and I had to sit through 42 chapters and a coda just to write this review.

I'll explain all the things I can remember from the book.

Elsie Wyatt is 13 and starting band camp, she wants to beat her dad and her grandfather and get into this really good music school called Shining Birches at 13 instead of her early 20s-late 20s like her family did. Elsie feels like an outcast because her parents put her in first grade when she was five making her the youngest girl for the rest of her school life. So she goes to band camp and because she dropped her hat as soon she got it she is now forever called "Chicken" (all from a hat? Real mature guys). There she meets Sarah, Hector, and Jake.
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