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Rock'N'Roll in Locker Seventeen Paperback – April 26, 2012
About the Author
Shannon Brown is the author of the Rock’N’Roll in Locker Seventeen series. She also runs www.tshirtfort.com, a funny gift website. Shannon lives in the Bay Area. For more information about this book and upcoming projects please visit www.locker17.com
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I loved the relationship between Steven and his parents. The author avoids the annoying gambit of making parents dunces when the story is about a teen or child. The parents are well meaning, but like all parents, do things that make Steven roll his eyes. The relationship between Steven and his younger sister is also classic and funny.
The novel involves a bit of a mystery. There is an unused locker purportedly because of a dented door, which plays into the story in a neat, surprising way, but is integrated into a well-crafted plot. A recommended read.
The story begins with seventeen year old Steven White obsessing about his rock and roll idol, Ricky Stevenson, who mysteriously disappeared thirty years ago, but left a wonderful musical legacy. Yes, it is a mystery, even though the clues are laid out pretty clearly for us to figure out even before Steven does. We follow Steven through his rather ordinary mid-1990s life - at home, at school, hanging out with friends, shopping at the local Thrift Shop - where he buys vintage clothes to perfect his "Ricky" image, and working part-time at his Dad's temporary storage business. Steven longs for the rock star life of glitz and glamour and spends way too much time daydreaming about it.
Steven is a typical teen, alternately bored with his mundane life, and fascinated with the past - even learning to play the guitar like his missing "role model," rock legend, Ricky Stevenson. Ms. Brown's use of sarcasm, wit, and humor through Steven's comments and thought processes will have you chuckling, and happily turning pages to see what he'll come up with next. In addition to the mystery and rock and roll appreciation, there are plenty of lessons here for everyone to take away. And lots of daily machinations that teens are famous for: should I do this? What should I be when I grow up? Can I trust this friend/adult? What's right? What's wrong? Is the grass greener on the other side? What if??
In checking Ms. Brown's website, ([...] I was delighted to see that there is a Prequel and a Sequel to Rock'N'Roll in Locker Seventeen in the works. It will be great fun to revisit Steven and his family - and journey once more into their past and forward into the next chapter. I can hardly wait to see if it will be another mystery or a slice of life in the teen world. I'm sure it will be enjoyable, humorous, and positive.
Note to parents: I found the book to be between categories: late middle-grade to early young adult (some teen drinking, unsupervised parties, some "truth withholding" and actual lying.) There no violence to speak of, drug use is referenced in the past, no sex scenes (some magazines referenced.) All in all, it is generally a good read for late middle grade students through high school.
Penelope Anne Cole, Award winning author of "Magical Matthew" and "Magical Mea"
Steven’s parents own a local self-storage franchise. She cracks me up when she writes, “Try Stor’N’More. We have the largest lockers in town. Your secrets are our secrets…”
Her one-liners are fabulous like the time Steven is interrupted by the bell at work, “I was hoping it would be something quick and easy so I could get back to the educational Making of a Swimsuit Calendar documentary I was watching.”
I look forward to the next book this emerging author has to offer.
Rock & Roll in Locker 17 is a story about Steven, a teenager who idolizes rock star Ricky Stevenson. Unlike most rock star idols, Ricky vanished years before Steven was born. Steven lives with his family at the self-storage complex that they manage. We follow Steven as he uncovers the mystery of Ricky's history, his disappearance, and the funny plot twists that take place as the truth is revealed.