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Punk Rock Karaoke

April 23

Illustrated cover for Punk Rock Karaoke. Three teenagers in punk rock-inspired clothing are positioned around what looks like a white utility van. One playing what appears to be a guitar stands on top of the roof, while the second sits on the back bumper to play the bass, and the third stands by the open sliding door holding a pair of drumsticks. They appear to be jamming out to whatever song they're practicing. Behind them appears to be a stylizied green and black Chicago skyline. The foreground is purple, but the band and the van are backed and outlined in white.Punk Rock Karaoke by Bianca Xunise
Viking Books for Young Readers

When life gives you guitars, smash them!

School is out for summer and Ariel Grace Jones is determined to make it one for the books! Together with their bestie bandmates, Michele and Gael, Ariel believes they’re destined to break into the music industry and out of Chicago’s Southside by singing lead in their garage punk band, Baby Hares.

But before Baby Hares can officially get into the groove, the realities of post grad life start to weigh on this crew of misfits. Ari begins to worry that it’s time to pull the plug on their dreams of making it big.

Just when all hope feels lost, a fellow punk and local icon takes an interest in their talent. It seems like he might be the only one Ariel can rely on as frustrations between bandmates reach at an all-time high.

Punk Rock Karaoke is a coming-of-age tale that draws upon the explosive joy of the underground scene, while raising questions about authenticity, the importance of community and what it means to succeed on your own terms.

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