Written by Marianne Levy
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Music runs in Katie Cox’s family. Her dad’s a session musician, now based in California after divorcing Katie’s mum. Her sister Amanda plays bass, while Katie’s a talented songwriter with a flair for penning ingeniously comic lyrics, a personal highlight being the hilarious ‘Cake Boyfriend’ (“And when he’s gone/It won’t much matter/You can bake me another/From the leftover batter”). And then there’s Ade (aka Nose Hairs), her mum’s new boyfriend, who runs a record shop and used to be in a band that almost made it to the big-time. Katie isn’t best pleased when her mum and Ade move them to a mouse-infested house where “the loo flushes with hot water (two words: poo soup)”, but her life takes a crazy turn when a video of her song 'Just Me’ goes viral. Within a few days it’s notched up a million hits and Katie becomes quite a celeb, doing press conferences and even getting invited to It Girl Savannah’s party.
Recognising her talent, Ade introduces Katie to Tony Topper, his former bandmate who's now CEO of a record label, and she’s offered a deal on the spot. But while Katie’s musical star seems to be rising, reality is far from stellar. Ade's shop is about to go bust, Tony Topper might just have an ulterior motive, and Katie’s relationship with her best friend is under serious strain. The gripping, heartfelt conclusion sees Katie stepping-up for the performance of her life, to put things right for the people she loves.
Offering a fresh take on the rags-to-riches archetype, this highly entertaining novel is laden with laughs and touching insights into friendship and family life. ~ Joanne Owen
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- Humaira Kauser, age 17 - 'This book is properly funny! I could not put it down! Not only did I love and adore this book, I laughed and cringed so hard and begged for more.'
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- Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'Accidental Superstar is a journey through the detrimental experiences of a true friendship, Katie juggles her friendship issues with a blossoming music career that also has its problems.'
- Edel Waugh - 'The story was very good, I think a lot of people who use social media regularly will understand the ups and downs of putting yourself on the Internet and the author put that across very well.'
- Ms Ryan - 'A wonderful and entertaining tale about finding out what is really important in life.'
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Accidental Superstar by Marianne Levy
Geek Girl meets Girl Online meets The Voice in this very funny story about a normal girl who accidentally finds fame singing online.
Katie's situation isn't exactly ideal. Dad's moved to California to be with his fiancee, while Mum's been seeing some bloke called Adrian she met down the pub. Even her big sister Amanda's busy playing bass in her new band. It's like Katie doesn't exist. So, videoed by her mates, she sings a song about what's wrong with her life. Putting it up online will shame everyone into treating her with a bit more respect. And then, of course, she'll take it down again. Before she can, the song goes viral. And while Amanda's ranting and Mum's giving her the silent treatment, Adrian's old music industry mates are getting in touch in droves. Fresh, fun and authentic, it seems that Katie's just what everyone's been looking for. Katie's not sure she's ready to be a superstar, but even she admits that her family could do with the cash. And being the voice of the next generation could be pretty cool. But as the money starts to pour in and her fame grows, things get weird. Why do so many people want Katie to fail? Can she perform in front of strangers? Who can she trust? And has all this been a massive, hideous mistake?
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
14th January 2016
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