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Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Blink Press – July 25, 2017
SOLO is a rip-through-the-pages, can’t-put-it-down poetic YA masterpiece. Told in text messages, song lyrics and conversations in verse, it tells the story of an alcoholic and addict rock star’s son. Blade has been burned by his father time after time and is still actively mourning the death of his mother years before, when he receives life-changing news that sends him on a quest across the world. This book completely blew me away and showed me a side of Kwame Alexander I haven’t read before, and introduced me to the work of Mary Rand Hess. The soundtrack of this book is a who’s who of classic rock and roll and stuck in my head the entire time I was reading. For teen readers, this would be a great introduction to the rock classics they may have not been introduced to yet.
Required purchase for high school libraries.