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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Brushstroke Books, An Imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (September 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936214911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936214914
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I absolutely loved this fast-paced and engaging story! The Arts-Angels offers a rare glimpse into a school where each student has some amazing artistic gift. It will inspire young readers to look for their own gifts, and then to fight for them. I can't wait to read more in the series." 
-- best-selling author Wendy Mass

About the Author

Like her main character, Gina Santiago, Janel is a Nuyorican who attended a Manhattan high school of the arts as an art major.
Unlike Gina, she isn't very good at guitar and doesn't have a rock band to call her own.
Truth be told, she never dreamed of becoming a guitarist. Instead, from the time she was a tween she dreamed of becoming a published author of a book series. And you can see that her dream has come true!
Her first hint of an idea for the Arts-Angels series began way back when she received a pendant of St. Michael the Archangel for her sixteenth birthday.
She lives with her twin sister, Jennifer (who got a pendant of St. Joan of Arc that same birthday but hasn't written any books about it), in New York City.

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My teen and I both read this book.
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Engaging and accessible, the story will encourage young readers to explore their own unique talents and embrace their family ties and traditions.
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I really can't think of anything negative to comment on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Velasquez on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
In The Arts-Angels, Janel Rodriguez Ferrer introduces the reader to Gina Santiago, a refreshingly unique female character in search of herself. She seemlessly blends more weighty issues of cultural identity and family secrets with the universally relatable trials that come with growing up, trying to fit in, and dealing with the expectations of parents. Her book also gives voice to all the kids out there who have a passion for the arts (not only is Gina an excellent artist, but she plays a mean guitar) and would go to great lengths to pursue their dreams. I especially liked that Gina doesn't fit into any stereotype. She is her own person--talented, smart, headstrong, naive at times, and brave. Since this is the first book in what I hope becomes a long-running series, I look forward to watching Gina learn more about her family, experience young love, and grow into the rock star she already is inside. Highly recommended.

--Crystal Velasquez, author of Your Life, But Cooler!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CarrieRogo on February 12, 2013
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Gina has big dreams to be a famous musician. But her mother is constantly standing in her way because of the tragic was music stole Gina's father from them. Only a short time into her parents marriage he was tragically killed in a car accident while on his way to a gig. In reaction to this, Gina is kept as far away from music as possible, a difficult feat since it's clear Gina has music in her blood.

Gina's dream is to attend the New York Academy of Arts and Talents, just like her idol Angel Dominguez. She gets in on a scholarship but for art (another of her talents) not music. Although Gina is disappointed she still keeps music as part of her world in school by starting up her own band.

As Gina forges her own path, never giving up on her dreams, she and her mother finally really talk about Gina's father and the truth surrounding his death and why her mother tried so hard to keep Gina from music. I don't want to spoil it so I'll leave it at that. I will say I suspected the truth but I quickly dismissed it because the way Janel wove that story line in, I was kept guessing.

This story flew by, engaging and entertaining. It is written for a younger audience (perhaps ages 10-15?) so the language isn't difficult but that doesn't stop an adult from enjoying it. In fact, I think this novel is written better than some of the adult literary novels I've read lately. Everything about it, plot, characters, emotions, situations, etc, all of it was completely believable. I was dumped into this high school and I recognized all the kids around me: the geeks, the snobs, the bullies. Gina encounters other students who act exactly as I remember some of my friends acting and the way I see teenagers acting today.
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good book about teens who love music, which is hard to find.
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By Books in the Hall on February 20, 2013
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What a fun book! I really enjoyed this and am already looking forward to the next book in the series.

Middle grade school books can be so much fun and this is a great offering. If you are an adult who is looking for a quick read, or if you have a middle-grader (I would suggest this for mature 8 year olds up to about 14 or so), then I highly recommend Drawn to You.

Gina Santiago is a very talented artist and musician who receives a scholarship to the famed New York Academy of Arts and Talents---only she's disappointed when she gets in for art instead of music. There's a lot of drama in her household--her mom is against her music because Gina's father, a musician, was killed on his way to a show before Gina was born. But to Gina, her music is her life--she loves her art, but she lives for her music. The conflict between mother and daughter is very well drawn.

Thankfully, Gina has not only the support of other family members, but the new friends she meets at NYAAT. Of course, there's drama there of another sort--enough drama to carry us through a series.

Janel Rodriguez Ferrer is a name to watch out for-- and I already have her on my auto-buy list for the second book in this series!
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I loved this book. This wonderfully wholesome book is just what our 'tween' market needs.
With the big craze in all things witches, vampires and goblin, it's great to see a story that inspires our youth to reach for the star and fulfill their greatest potential. You will not be disappointed with this fun fast pace story.

Christina of Savvy Central Radio
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Know an aspiring musician, artist, actor, or dancer? Artistically inclined tweens/teens will find much to love and relate to in Janel Rodriguez Ferrer's Drawn to You, the first "track" in her Arts-Angels fiction series. Engaging and accessible, the story will encourage young readers to explore their own unique talents and embrace their family ties and traditions. Looking forward to the next track!
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Ferrer has captured the highs and lows of high school life perfectly. The relationship between Gina and her mother is realistic and tender. The song verses are particularly lovely. Want more! Can't wait for Track 2!
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