Penguin, London, 1988
The blurb on the back:
'Right. Get this. While you're in the band, you're called Finch. Because I say so. And you don't sing a note until you've got the sound of the band in your blood.'
Gillian Cross is one of the most successful writers for children in the country, mainly because she's damn good at her job. This isn't one of her biggest books but - like the others - it's sharp, well-written and doesn't patronise its readers. The story is the showbiz standard of a band on the rise to fame and fortune, but it has details realistic enough to carry the whole thing off, and there are occasional interruptions from articles clipped from Smash Hits and Sounds, which break the narrative quite nicely.
It's all thoroughly professional and - in due course, as 1986 becomes ever more remote - this is going to acquire some historical atmosphere. Already it's so far removed from modern pop that it wouldn't make any sense to today's kids, but we don't care about them much on this site.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 1/5
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