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Rock On! Awesome Books About Music

Let’s face it, a good book has a lot of elements and themes.  Recently we noticed that there are some fantastic books in our database that all have one thing in common:  music.  In the following book recommendations, music is a major part of the character’s life, the setting, and/or sometimes the plot.  Most of the books below are young adult novels, but as usual with our custom recommendations, all books have a content of 5 or less in all categories.  To see the full book review and the rated content analysis, please click on the book cover.  Enjoy some of our top music book picks![pullquote type=”right” cite=”Victor Hugo”]Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.[/pullquote][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/1676″ title=”See Book Review for Echo” src=”8001″ alt=”Echo, Book Cover” target=”blank”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan[/feature_headline][text_output]This book combines stories, music, and magic–all connected by a particular instrument.  This is the one book on our list that is probably technically a middle grade book.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”6708″ alt=”Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie – Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/1358″ title=”See Book Review for Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick[/feature_headline][text_output]The main character in this book is a drummer.  There is a lot going on in his life, but his music is part of what helps him get through it.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”3095″ alt=”Ten Miles Past Normal, Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/560″ title=”See Book Review for Ten Miles Past Normal”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Ten Miles Past Normal by Francis O’Roark Dowell[/feature_headline][text_output]The protagonist discovers the electric bass and a whole lot of other things along with it.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”2638″ alt=”Book Cover: Notes from an Accidental Band Geek” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/492″ title=”See Book Review for Notes from an Accidental Band Geek”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne[/feature_headline][text_output]Oh my goodness!  This book totally nails the high school marching band culture.  If you have ever been a member of a high school band, this is a must-read.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”6074″ alt=”Strange Sweet Song, Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/1129″ title=”See Book Review for Strange Sweet Song”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule[/feature_headline][text_output]This book is set in a competitive music school and shows the cut-throat nature of the competition in fine arts.  The setting is musical, but there is a fantastical element to this novel.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”2995″ alt=”Seraphina, Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/541″ title=”See Book Review for Seraphina”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Seraphina by Rachel Hartman[/feature_headline][text_output]Seraphina is a musician and her love of music shines throughout the book.  Being a court musician puts her at the heart of intrigue in a word of conspiracies and dragons.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”5632″ alt=”The Lucy Variations, Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/1030″ title=”See Book Review for The Lucy Variations”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr[/feature_headline][text_output]This book is about a character trying to find her love of music again after tragedy.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”5904″ alt=”Porcelain Keys, Book Cover” href=”https://www.compassbookratings.com/reviews/index.php/review/view/1043″ title=”See Book Review for Porcelain Keys”][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”music”]Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard[/feature_headline][text_output]At first glance, Porcelain Keys seems to be a story mostly focused on music with a little romance on the side. While it does in fact have strong musical overtones, this does not take over the plot, but enhances it.[/text_output]

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!

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