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Drummer Girl

by Karen Bass

Drummer Girl

Sid desperately wants to play drums in her school's most popular band, The Fourth Down. But how far is she willing to compromise herself to achieve her goal?

The Fourth Down needs a drummer, and Sid's the best in the school. But right from the start, the all-male band makes her struggle. One member outright votes against a girl in the group. And as for the lead singer, Rocklin, if Sid's going to make it in his band, she's going to have to start dressing the part of a girl.

Accustomed to being invisible, Sid quickly discovers the consequences of the makeover she undergoes at the hands of her cousin, who knows exactly how the girl-game is played. It's not only that playing kit in a skirt is impractical. As someone who was once taunted about her sexuality for being a drum-playing girl who likes shop class, Sid is now forced to deal with guys who think her new look makes her fair game.

Frustrated with the two stereotypes forced on her and other girls –gay or slut – Sid turns even more to her music. The band can't deny she's the best, but, as Sid soon discovers, sometimes being good still isn't good enough.

Drummer Girl tackles the dangerous side of peer pressure and the politics of identity in high school, and ultimately, what it means to march to the beat of your own drum.


5" x 7" 240 pages
14.95 CDN; 14.95 USD
E-Book Price
Teen Novel Tradepaper 14+
Karen Bass
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About the Author

Karen Bass is the author of two Coteau novels based on World War II in Europe -- Run Like Jager and Summer of Fire -- and the contemporary teen music novel, Drummer Girl. Harbouring an interest in World War II since childhood, Karen began writing shortly after she was hired to manage a local library. Her stories and articles have been published in local newspapers, magazine and anthologies, and nationally in "Writers Circle Nine" and the "Canadian Writer's Journal."

A fourth-generation Albertan, Karen attended the University of Alberta, and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria. She currently lives with her family in northwesten Alberta, where she continues to work as a librarian.

From the author:
I've always loved to read; life doesn't feel complete if I don't have a book on the go. And though my high school English teacher told me I should write, I never gave it much thought until I went to work at the local library. All along I'd been writing little articles for newsletters or reports about my sons' hockey teams for the local paper, but shelving novels day after day planted a seed. I didn't know it had sprouted until a friend suggested we try out a local writing group. I hurriedly wrote a page of prose so I would have something to share -- and the love of storytelling took immediate root in my soul.

Now I can't imagine life without writing. When I get an idea, I feel compelled to write it and can get quite obsessive in the doing. It's deeply satisfying to turn an idea into a story, to feel the weight of my effort in the pages spit out by the printer, and finally, to be able to share that story, whether it's with a few friends or a wider circle of readers. After all, a story comes to life only when it is shared. And there is a special kind of magic in that.



Bronze Medal, 2011 Young Adult Fiction, General, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award

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