By Alecia Whitaker
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Family, Personal Development: Careers, Teen Life: Personal Development
Grades: 7 – 12
The best songs come from broken hearts.
Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family’s bluegrass band and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennessee, to Nowhere, Oklahoma. But one fateful night, when Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.
Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music-video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She’s even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird’s star on the rise, though, the rest of her life falls into chaos as tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?
In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.
“What separates this novel from others featuring teenage superstars is how grounded Bird is, even as she struggles to process the dramatic changes taking place in her life… Genuine dialogue, a quick pace and a plot that strikes the right balance between realistic and fantastic make for an engaging read… This tender introduction to a newly minted country superstar sets the stage for a compelling series.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Whitaker has a knack for evoking the feel of a live performance-both the atmosphere of the venue and what it’s like to play on stage. She’s created a winning protagonist in Bird and given her a life that’s unusual, a fascinating career, plenty of struggles to overcome, and a comforting and supportive family, even when they disagree. Fans of shows like Nashville will fly through this like Bird on her fiddle.” – Publishers Weekly
“Fans of country music will enjoy the contemporary references to well-known stars, and aspiring musicians will appreciate the detailed plotlines involving Bird’s work in crafting music and song lyrics… Instant success isn’t always this easy, but Wildflower gives the reader a satisfying novel with a cast of characters who are all worthy of making it to the top of the charts.” – School Library Journal