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If you love singing, dancing, drawing, or acting, you will love these books.
1. So Punk Rock And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother by Micol Ostow
Some kids at a conservative Jewish school start a band. Hilarity ensues. Seriously, you just have to read it to find out what happens.
2. Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine by Barnabas Miller
If you like classic rock, you will love this book. It’s another “kids start a band” book, only this time, they go on a totally wacky, nonsensical adventure. I especially enjoyed it as a Bon Jovi fan…oops, better not give away any spoilers. : )
3. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
A girl in New York City discovers that she has the magical power to bring paintings to life. She and her awesome friends must fight the evil powers trying to kill them. Shadowshaper is one of the most fun “summer reads” I’ve ever enjoyed.
4. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Theo describes her friend’s kidnapping, her eating disorder, past issues with her ex-boyfriend, and ballet in this intense novel.
5. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things series Book 1)
A diverse group of incredibly competitive girls fight to get good roles in their ballet school. There are multiple perspectives, lots of good characterization, and lots of drama.
6. to dance by Siena Cherson Siegal
Siena tells her own life story in this cute graphic novel. Although aimed at a younger audience, the story is fun and reminds you to follow your dreams. That sounds cheesy, I know, but trust me on this one.
7. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
Corinne and Ada are hemopaths, wizard-like people with a blood impurity that allows them to create illusions through words and music. The only problem is that iron causes them incredible pain. When bad things start happening, they must work together to find a solution. Although the plot of this book isn’t that interesting, the friendship is awesome and so is the magic.
8. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Paige moves to New York City, makes some friends, and does some artsy stuff. Anybody with a sketchbook will enjoy this. (Bonus–I met the author last summer at AwesomeCon and she’s pretty cool.)
9. Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To-Do List by Janette Rallison
If you’re a theatre kid, you’ll like this funny story of a school play gone wrong. I read this a long time ago, so I don’t remember the details, but it’s pretty funny.
10. Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen series Book 1)
Lola and her sheltered friend Ella run away to a rock concert. Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds. Although the plot doesn’t really get interesting until the end–a common trait of Sheldon’s books, which is disappointing considering all the build up–the build-up is pretty funny on its own, as well.
Happy (creative) reading!