- File Size: 684 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983920214
- Publisher: LadyLit Press; First Edition edition (April 29, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Z3S8CC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
K. L. Brady is a D.C. native and grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland, the setting of her debut novel. When she hit her "tween" years, her mother packed the family and moved to Bellaire, Ohio, where she eventually graduated from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Akron for a few semesters, where she pledged Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., before moving back to the D.C. area.
She discovered a love for reading and writing at the age of three, by her mother's accounts. Through the years, she has maintained diaries and journals, but the journals she wrote as an adult provided the inspiration for The Bum Magnet.
Brady is a native Washingtonian (D.C.), lifelong Washington football fan, and professed nerd-girl who loves all things Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Big Bang Theory. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Maryland Writers Association, and Sisters in Crime and lives to write novels, especially those involving hilarious quirky characters looking for love. She is hard at work on her next several projects including the sequels to HER PERFECT CATCH (part of the Valentine's Pets and Kisses box set) because girls love football, too!
Top Customer Reviews
Every teen thinks their Mom is crazy at one time or another, but Brandy Jackson's Mom definitely does have some trouble. With the help of neighbors, Brandy's been coping the best she can, but her Mom finally snaps and Brandy's got to go live with her aunt.
The thing is, Brandy's moving from the hood to suburbia where she's one of the two Black kids in her high school. The one thing that saves her is the band, but being a Junior and not having ever played an instrument, she's stuck with the tuba. The whole band is stuck with a majorette who's in love with show tunes and Cirque de Soleil music.
Brandy's survived crazy, but can she survive bullying and out-and-out racism?
Karla Brady's got a fine hand crafting an urban teen with a whole lot of heart and soul. Brandy seems like a real girl--like one of the friends I had in band or glee club back in high school even.
The scenario's painfully real and one that many Black teens have faced. I believe Soul of the Band is going to be a book that will both help Black teens cope with racism and bullying and help White teens understand what minorities are up against.
One thing you can tell, Karla Brady loves music--all kinds of music. You can hear it through her words and you can feel the beat in her narrative. If music has charms to heal, I think this book may well, too.
Rebecca McFarland Kyle, May 2012
Brandy doesn't just love music, she lives music; it's what gets her through the bad times. Moving to Ohio, she meets her new neighbor, Jenny. Jenny convinces her to join the school band. Brandy thinks this may be just what she needs to forget about her life in DC, albeit she doesn't know how to play any instruments. How hard could it be, right? Then there's Jake, the hottie from the percussion section. They start to date and everything is great...until the threatening letters start. Someone isn't happy with their interracial relationship.
Brandy has been learning to play the tuba but is unhappy with the situation the band is in. I won't say what situation, you will have to read it to find that out :-). After an unfortunate mishap, a spot opens up for the field commander.
Will Brandy try out for field commander and help the band?
What will transpire with Brandy's relationship with Jake?
Now for what I thought of the book..
This book is perfect for the Young Adult genre! I can't recall the last time I read a YA novel that was appropriate for all teens.Read more ›
There are some parts that I didn't like, however. The biggest issue for me was the race thing that seemed to keep coming up throughout the novel. It is easy for me to understand that there will be issues of racism being one of the two black kids in the town. I get that. What I had a hard time with was that it was so prevalent throughout the novel, and not even so much in the other characters. But Brandy kept thinking things like "don't make me act my color" or doing "ghetto" things. (That's how they were described). I guess I was taken aback because I didn't understand why smart and mature Brandy needed to react soooooo immaturely to people who were extremely ignorant. And why did she call herself ghetto?! It was really confusing to me.
All in all I enjoyed Soul of the Band. If you're looking for a quick, funny read in the vein of Meg Cabot, then this is it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book had me laughing the whole time I was reading it. even though I hate stanking a** bullies..Published 12 months ago by Slim
I enjoyed this book but I really didn't like the way it ended. Is there going to be a book 2?Published 14 months ago by Hunny Pooh
I really like book but it's that how it end is there a 2nd book some where other be 5 stars not bad ending just be morePublished 15 months ago by wonderful
I really enjoyed reading this book, but seriously where is the rest of it?? It's so many things we didn't find out. I hope there's a part two somewhere.Published 17 months ago by Sierra
Ms. Brady wrote a book that kept me interested. Honestly, I was compelled to continue reading and it was quite enjoyable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mark G. Bradley
Ms. Brady has really outdone herself with this one. It presented a broad prospective of isolation, racism, prejudice, and friendship! 5 Stars! Can't wait till book #2 comes out!Published 19 months ago by Ebony
I love this book! I am proud of how she handled herself and can't wait till you write part 2.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer