Mick and his friends hang out in front of the downtown library--hassling passerby, making noise, spitting on anything in sight. If the night's slow they might even do a little "street cleaning," bashing some geek who has the bad luck to come anywhere near them.
Unlike his friends, though, Mick would rather be playing drums in his metal band, but they broke up in a vicious scrap that left everyone in stitches. So when he meets Dariana, a keyboard player, he's psyched to get together. But for Dariana, Mick's bashing is not at all cool. When Mick and Dariana's band starts taking off, he knows he's got to change. But his old friends have other ideas, and they decide to "persuade" Mick to see things their way.
Set against the tough background of inner-city Halifax and its music scene, Good Idea Gone Bad is the story of one young man growing up in dangerous circumstances.
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LESLEY CHOYCE is a novelist and poet living at Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia. A former grand champion of the Men's Open Canadian National Surfing Championships he surfs on the Atlantic coast year-round along with running a literary publishing house and teaching English at Dalhousie University. He also has a regular nationally-broadcast program on Vision TV called Off the Page with Lesley Choyce. He is the author of more than fifty books of poetry fiction and non-fiction for adults and children including Carrie's Crowd and Go For It Carrie. His writing has earned him several awards including two Dartmouth Book Awards and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for the Young Adult novel Good Idea Gone Bad. Five of his previous Formac novels have received the Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Our Choice" Award. The Ottawa Citizen calls him "a national treasure."Review:
"The characters are alive, the plot is fast-moving, and the issues the author presents are clear, but not moralizing.... Good Idea Gone Bad is outstanding in every way..." (The Telegraph-Journal)
"With his ear tuned into the rhythm of youth, Choyce does not settle for merely good-bad solutions." (Susan Atkinson-Keene Atlantic Books Today)
"The characters are alive, the plot is fast-moving, and the issues the author presents are clear, but not moralizing.... some [teachers will find it splendid. Good Idea Gone Bad is outstanding in every way." (E.E. Cran Saint John Telegraph-Journal)
"This young adult novel focuses on four musicians who develop their own band and face the choice of staying with their principles or appealing to commercial radio. It is styled as a high interest/low vocabulary read, aimed to appeal to students who consider themselves musicians or rebels agains society. This paperback is a good quick read. The fast-moving plot advances from one set of problems to the next... the characters in the story are meant to represent the mix found in most high schools. The two main characters are given some dimension....the book has lively dialogue!" (Meredith MacKeen Canadian Materials)
"Set in Halifax's lively alternative music scene, the novel tackles several topics of serious interest to adolescents." (Virginia Beaton Chronicle Herald)
"With his ear tuned into the rhythm of youth, Choyce does not settle for merely good-bad solutions." (Atlantic Books Today)
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