Road Rash (Hardcover)

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Drumroll Please! Zach can write lyrics. He can play the drums. But he can't understand why his friends kicked him out of the band. When he has the option to join the hot new up-and-coming band, he jumps at the chance. — Jeanette


A teenage drummer finds out what life is "really" like on tour with a rock band in this funny and bittersweet YA novel. For anyone who loved "Almost Famous" or "This Is Spinal Tap."
After being dropped from one band, sixteen-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much "better" band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip filled with jealousy, rivalries, and on-stage meltdowns.
Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.
A must-read for young garage-band types. "Booklist"
Readers and especially musicians should enjoy debut novelist Parsons's look at a band on the run. "Publishers Weekly"
A road-trip adventure in romance and friendship that is ultimately all about the music. "Kirkus Reviews.

About the Author

MARK PARSONS has been a drummer since 7th grade when he saved $100 from his paper route to buy a used drumset, and he's been pounding away ever since. He's a long-standing contributor for "Modern Drummer" magazine, and has written non-fiction books on audio and music-related topics.

Mark lives on the Central Coast of California with his wife and two sons (the four of whom comprise the ever-eclectic dance-rock band, Risky Whippet). "Road Rash" is his debut novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385753425
ISBN-10: 038575342X
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 11th, 2014
Pages: 346
Language: English