Sorta Like a Rock Star

Little, Brown & Company (May 2010)

Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom’s boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). But Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. Instead, she focuses on bettering the lives of her alcoholic mother and her quirky circle of friends: a glass-ceiling-breaking single mother raising a son diagnosed with autism; Father Chee and The Korean Divas for Christ (soul-singing ESL students); a nihilist octogenarian; a video-game-playing gang of outcasts; and a haiku-writing war vet. But then a fatal tragedy threatens Amber’s optimism—and her way of life. Can Amber continue to be the princess of hope?

With his zany cast of characters and a heartwarming, inspiring story, debut YA author Matthew Quick builds a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope. This world is Amber’s stage, and Amber is, well…she’s sorta like a rock star.

– 2011 Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Winner

– 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction Finalist

– **Starred review** School Library Journal

– 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

– 2011 Texas Tayshas Reading List pick

– Bank Street, The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2011 edition. (Fourteen & Up)

– Indigo Top Ten of 2010: Teen Fiction

– Gold Star Award for Excellence, Teens Read Too

– Translated into Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Hungarian, and published in the UK by Headline