Sometimes during the over 500 shows I have introduced there is a guest that my family, mainly my children pick up on and follow. When Amy Fellner Dominy previously appeared on the show as one of the Class of 2K11 YA authors with her debut book "OyMG", not only was the hour spent with Amy a totally fun show, but her book has become a firm favorite with my whole family, who have been waiting and perhaps pestering Amy for a follow up novel now with her new book "Audition & Subtraction", there wish has been granted, my daughter was also lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Amy's new book... WHICH THEY LOVED!
For those who do not remember “OyMG” here is a brief synopsis.
Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. After all, she’s been arguing with her Zeydeh (that’s grandfather in Yiddish) since she could talk. So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she’s sure she can win the final tournament and a scholarship to the best speech school in the country. Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot—literally. His name is Devon and whether she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she’s up for the challenge—until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship’s benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity be worth a shot at her dream?
While Amy’s books fit between middle grade and YA I can tell you from my own reading and from numerous other reviews that Amy’s books are for all ages.
About “Audition & Subtraction” (Taken from Amy’s web site)
Best friends Tatum and Lori are used to doing everything together—including a clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But all that changes when Michael transfers to their middle school, and into their band. Suddenly, not only is he competition for Tatum’s spot on stage, but he’s stealing Lori, too. Tatum is determined to stop him, and hold on to what she’s got.
She enlists the help of her good friend, Aaron, but now he seems to believe her fib that they’re boyfriend and girlfriend. And her mom, to cope with a separation from her dad, is performing in Community Theater, of all things! Amy Fellner Dominy composes an equally heartwarming and hilarious story of how holding tight to what you have can keep you from reaching for your dreams—and how oftentimes the best way to move forward is by going solo.
While I can’t hear about band camp without thinking of the American Pie “One time at band camp…” it is a pleasure to see the people in this new book are “normal” not “Band Geeks” to them it’s just a another subject that is taught at school. Also it is great to see that though the parents are separated there is no, good or evil parent, it is like most divorced families that though separated the main aim of the parents was to support their children.
The book covers many issues from friendship to standing on your own two feet and being by Amy there is always humor, it is certainly a book that not just myself but my whole family can recommend.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Amy Fellner Dominy
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