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Young Adult Fiction Music

Stella Rising

by (author) Nancy Belgue

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Music, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Parents
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


Stella Connors has spent her whole life bouncing around from one town to the next, following the latest musician her mother has fallen in love with. She has always vowed she will never become a pathetic groupie like her mother, Viv. But then her best friend uploads a video of Stella singing a cover of her favorite band’s biggest hit. It goes viral, and suddenly Stella’s ideas about who she is and what she wants take a real hit. As a publicity stunt, the band’s manager asks Stella to perform with them when they come to town. Stella is thrilled and agrees immediately. Soon she finds herself in the spotlight, with everyone after her for interviews and photo ops. And unless she’s reading things wrong, she’s pretty sure the band’s lead singer has a thing for her. When she gets invited to go on the road with the band and perform in another concert, Stella forgets every bad thing she ever thought about being a groupie. After all, she’s nothing like her mother. She’s a star. Isn’t she?

About the author

Nancy Belgue is the author of three books of middle-grade fiction. Her first book, The Scream of the Hawk, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award and the Diamond Willow Award. Soames On The Range is her first novel for young adults. Originally submitted to a young adult novel contest sponsored by Delacorte in the US, it was one of four finalists. After graduating with a degree in English literature, Nancy spent much of her career working in publishing and advertising. She has appeared in television commercials and documentaries, including an award-winning documentary, Streetsmart. Nancy was a winner of a column-writing contest sponsored by the Toronto Sun, has had articles published in magazines in Canada and the United States and written short stories and poetry, as well as novels. She currently works part-time in a library in southwestern Ontario and as a literary/drama artist for Learning Through the Arts.

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Editorial Reviews

“Engaging...This story of a young musician finding herself is a solid choice for collections serving hi-lo readers at the high school level.”

School Library Journal

“Will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction as well as stories about musicians.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Recommended for high school readers. It will be popular in a school library or classroom. A good story for figuring out what is real and lasIng.”

Must Read Lit: K thru YA

“Told in an engaging, first-person narrative using accessible language, this novel will resonate with teens trying to find themselves artistically and personally...A strong choice for reluctant readers who enjoy stories that explore relationships.”

Kirkus Reviews

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