Face to Face are the next big thing - they've got the talent, the looks and the songs. Lianne is desperate to be front row for their gigs. She has to get close to them - especially Sapphire. She's got something special for her. Lianne's about to show her why music's such a cut-throat business.
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Although touted as a children's title, this story is more appropriate for young adults. Two rock bands are vying for the Number One song on Britain's "Top of the Pops." Belbin presents a behind-the-scenes view of modern music. Brigit Forsyth is a completely inappropriate narrator for a cast of teens and twenties. Her delivery is totally unbelievable; her voice even quivers at times. The voices of the kids are inappropriate to the text and its range of emotion. This is unforgivable since the title will appeal to reluctant and unlikely listeners, who will be turned off by her presentation. Bypass DYING FOR YOU since the genre is loaded with more worthy purchases. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up-This mystery by David Belbin revolves around a British pop group's rise to fame. Four teenage orphaned musicians, two girls and two boys, are nurtured along in the business by an ambitious manager. Their meteoric rise pits them against a #1 hard rock band, and they make a dangerous enemy. Although the death of one of their members occurs, along with subsequent murders and attacks, the group's fame climbs in the U.K. and the U.S. While this story starts off slowly, the pace picks up by the second tape. Although some of the basic premises are rather unbelievableAthe maturity of this foursome, especially Fox; the reason for Sapphire's secretiveness; and the group's willingness to include Lianne, despite her recent pastAit gives good insight into the ruthlessness of the music business. Narrator Brigit Forsyth provides a well-paced reading, and her clipped diction moves the story along. Voices for each character are not distinctive, but listeners can discern among them after a bit. British slang, such as "sloppies" for "jeans," will be understood by listeners. Some musical references are outdated and may not strike a chord for the target audience. Occasional foul language, plus a rather graphic murder limit this to a high schoool audience. This one is just for fun!-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD
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