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  • 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
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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!

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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
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Lets start from the beginning. Brandy lives in DC with her mother and things have always been rough. Problem is, Brandy's mother is mentally ill. When she doesn't take her medication, "they" make her do things. "They" being the voices in her head. Brandy's father left them when she was 10 because he couldn't deal with her mothers illness. They are often evicted because her mother does foolish things instead of paying the rent. This time, her mother decides to check herself into a hospital. Brandy believes that this will be like every other time, she'll get better then stop taking her medication. Brandy leaves DC to stay with her Aunt Charlie in Ohio.

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.

Moving on...

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.
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This young woman (Brandy) is SO REAL!! Readers will be able to identify with her right away. For anyone who knows someone who has struggled with mental illness, never felt as if they fit in, and struggled to find their way in the world, this is a MUST READ! K.L. did a fantastic job! Spot on!
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The Soul of the Band is an excellent read, is fresh, funny and easy to read. I loved it. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. It is an excellent read for the young adults that provides good examples on how to overcome adversity and pain. I can't wait for the sequel. I don't give it a 5 Star because at the end it left me hanging and there is no mention of the sequel.
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Soul of the Band is a great book. I couldn't put it down. Brandy is a very talented young lady who life is filled with drama. She makes great strides after she moves and starts a new life. Don't want to give away the story.....just purchase the book. You will enjoy!!!!
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Brandy is more mature than a regular teenager in her age group. Bullying is growing at an alarming rate among school age children. Brandy has a sharp mind and tongue. She takes no prisoners because life dealt her bad hand in parent department. I can't wait for the sequel.
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The first thing I loved about this book was that it was very funny. There were certain parts where I literally laughed out loud. Some books make me giggle, but this one made me laugh until it was kind of embarrassing on the Metro. People probably thought I was crazy. Anyway, I loved the main character. She was brave and hilarious. She always seemed to take her serious problems and make a joke out of them, but, as a reader, you could also feel the `seriousness' of the issue if that makes any sense. It was like she wanted to flip the situation and make it funny because that's how she coped with the serious things that were occurring in her life. I loved her maturity in the book. For a sixteen year old, most people are learning maturity. Brandy seems to have it down. Maybe because she's been through so many things a teenager shouldn't have to endure. I loved the character's dialogue in the book. It wasn't forced or unnatural and the descriptions were great. I could really see what was being written.

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!
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