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Drum Roll, Please

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat.

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.

Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Drum Roll, Please was a truly delightful read with a lot of powerful messages packed into it.

I usually don’t really read Middle Grade but because of the themes of this book I felt drawn to it and was excited to give it a chance. And while the themes of this book were clearly Middle Grade, this really read like a lower YA. It did not feel juvenile at all and I can definitely recommend it to YA readers who are interested in the themes.

The summer camp aspect was wonderfully portra
Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
Full review to come, but it's safe to say that I liked this a lot.
Shirley Freeman
Melly’s parents announce their impending separation a couple days before Melly and best friend Olivia leave for 2 weeks at music camp. Melly is an introvert who needs time and space to think and process. Olivia is an extrovert who has always been around to pave the way. Camp tests their friendship and allows them to begin discovering who they are personally and musically. Lisa Jenn Bigelow describes first crushes so beautifully – the yearning, the anxiety, the confusion when the crush is recipro ...more
Ms. Yingling
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Melly and her best friend Olivia are attending Camp Rockaway, a music summer camp in the woods with a predilection for bad puns on their signage. Melly isn't very interested in the camp, especially since her parents announced their impending divorce right before she was supposed to leave them for two weeks! Melly likes drumming but doesn't live for it, and when she is assigned to a group and is not with Olivia, she doesn't see the point of camp. There are a lot of typica
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-06
This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade books of the year. It’s the perfect summer read about Melly and her best friend, Olivia, who head to a music camp for two weeks. As the girls are put in situations that force them out of their comfort zone with each other, Melly starts to bloom into her own person with a beautiful awakening when out from Olivia’s shadow. The feelings that she develops for a fellow camper, Adeline, the exposure to different music, and the emotions she experiences ...more
Jenni Frencham
Melly joined the band at school because her bold best friend Olivia joined. She also signed up for a summer band camp so she could be with her friend Olivia. The day before she left for camp, her parents told her they were getting divorced. Reeling from this news, Melly flounders a bit at camp. Olivia is making friends and spending time with other kids, and Melly isn't quite sure what to do with herself. Slowly, Melly discovers her own interests and finds confidence to speak up for herself, incl ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
(Full disclosure, the author is a friend of mine.)

This book was fantastic. I loved living in Melly's world and I was sad that Camp Rockaway only lasted 2 weeks. I wanted to spend more time with Melly and her friends and their bands.

At the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes and on my cheeks. Lisa did a great job of making Melly's life, problems, and mistakes engaging and captivating.

The writing itself was fantastic. I would forget that this was my friend's book and I was sucked in. Passages
Laura Gardner
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @harperchildrens for the free book!
Happy pride month! I'm excited to feature a wonderful new #mglit book to add to your middle grade LGBT collections. DRUM ROLL, PLEASE releases on 6/26/18. Pre-order now!
4/5 for this book about rock n roll summer camp and first relationships by @lisajennbigelow
Melly and Olivia are best friends headed to two-week summer band camp. Melly is a drummer and Olivia plays bass. But then Melly's parents reveal
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, kids
This was a quick read and a very sweet book. The narrator, Melly, grew on me as the book went on, as did the story itself; the book begins with a lot of exposition and flashbacks that were not particularly interesting and also made her feel younger than she actually was, but that improved once she arrived at camp and the story really got going.

I loved that this book made the shy girl the main character, but didn't make her arc about becoming less fearful or more confident, at least not explicitl
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Drum Roll Please is such a cute gem of a story! My main reaction, from the very first chapter, was that it just felt so true. The language, characters, relationships, writing- all felt natural and effortless, which made the reading of it as comfortable and relaxed as the summer camp setting.

Second: I loved the way the story addressed Melly’s sexuality, in that it kind of didn’t. Melly is simply comin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting divorced and camp is the perfect distraction from the uncertainty and anxiety that comes along with it, like is her mom going to have a different name now.

For as quiet as Melly is in person, she can sure play the drums loud and amazing. At camp, she meets a girl named Adeline. The more time Melly spends with her, the more she comes to like her. Melly's crush is innocent and confusing at f
Bryan Shields
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in one sitting. The author does an amazing job bringing to life a story about a young protagonist who deals with friendship, divorce, being an introvert encouraged to try new things, and having a "crush". I loved how real this story felt. Speaking of the crush, the way it is described on how your body feels around that certain someone or when you're thinking of that certain someone is so dead on. As an adult reading this it really made me fondly reminisce about having my first (an ...more
LGBT middle grade novels are so important. I've already went on and on about this before in past reviews, but they are. For young and old readers.

I love that the main drama was Melly's parent's divorce and not her relationship with Adeline. (There was some drama about that too, but it wasn't omg am i gay?? drama which is refreshing!) Instead, the support and care Melly received from Adeline to help her through camp and beyond was amazing to behold. Communication! Respect! Boundaries! Support! A
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Camp Rock meets Awkward in this pitch-perfect summer read (and also, all of the other seasons read: read this book all the time!) that I devoured in one day (yay, early morning flights to ALA!). Melly and her best friend Olivia are going to Camp Rockaway to learn how to be in a band. Melly plays the drums, which rock! But Melly's parents just told her they're getting a divorce... and Melly is grieving and doesn't understand how that is possible. While at camp, she meets Adeline, who she has an i ...more
Martha Meyer
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful summer read for 4th - 9th grade! Melly is a shy drummer heading off to Camp Rockaway, a rock music camp. For Melly, it was hard enough to head off to a new camp, but the day before she leaves, her mom and dad tell her they are divorcing. Then, at camp she meets Adeline, a guitarist who stirs things up in Melly's heart even more. Don't miss this book garnering starred reviews!

"A perfect summer read for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer Holm." says School Library Journal
 "A perfect m
Daniel Menacher
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it my first thought. Young drummer Melissa is worth caring about, and I love her. It is not easy to write about sound [music], but Lisa Bigelow does a good job, and the park atmosphere is a splendid backdrop for this coming of age and self-discovery story. It's fun, it's sweet and it's real. You rock, Melissa! [And you too Lisa Jenn Bigelow].
Kathy Willhite
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bravo! Bravo! Lisa Jenn marches in time with this hit! She has a great ability to think and speak like a middle schooler. Her writing and dialogue tie in beautifully with the musical theme. They seem to sing off the page. I would have loved Melly and Adeline as friends when I was that age.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a GoodReads giveaway.

Interesting novel anout going to band camp and discovering yourself - a little too predictible.
Kate Henry
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one morning. A fun summery read that also tackles divorce and sexuality. Absolutely would recommend!
Cristina Castor
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Too. Fucking. Cute.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I liked how the author addresses themes of divorce, best friends and figuring life out--all of these were themes were handled appropriately; however, I had trouble getting into the book.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know, I know, I'm too old for middle grade books. But sometimes you just need to read 'em, and this book really delivered.
Melly never would've gone to music camp if her best friend Olivia didn't convince her; and it's not looking so good when they get put into separate groups! To her surprise, Melly finds that she's having a lot more fun than she expected without Olivia-- and she doesn't need to limit herself to being the sidekick in their duo. Family drama, friendship feuds, and camp first love, all wrapped in one beautifully inspiring novel.
Ceillie Simkiss
This had me in tears several a time, and was lovely.
Read my full review here!
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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a house full of books. My mom read to me until I left for college. We explored realistic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction together.

When I was seven, I decided to become an author. I attempted my first novel the following summer, about a brave princess joining forces with elves and fairies to overthrow the evil king and queen. It was seven pages long.

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