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For more information, visit the Harmonic Feedback website.

Sixteen-year-old music and sound design obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a trip-hop band after an impromptu jam session. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea's preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person.

It's obvious that Drea can't hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she's found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them? (From Henry Holt)


What readers are saying...

"Complex and multifaceted characters give this story warmth, heart and maturity. Drea's diagnosis informs her experiences and behaviors but refreshingly does not define her character..."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, Harmonic Feedback is a book about acceptance, exclusion, joy, pain, loss, and finding your way in a world that makes no sense to you. In short, it is a very real view of what it means to be a teen today and a fine first novel for Tara Kelly."
-Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of Crank, Burned, Glass, Impulse, and Tricks.

"Harmonic Feedback is an impossible to put down, must-read book. Brilliantly written and filled with music, but even more so with emotional truth. Anyone who felt like an outsider will relate to Drea's story, which is not just about Aspergers, but finding love and true friendship and trying to hold on to it. We've all been there, but you get a fresh and honest take on teenage life through Drea's eyes."
Stephanie Kuehnert
author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

For more information, visit the Amplified website.

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it...(From Henry Holt)

What readers are saying...

Kelly's (Harmonic Feedback) background in music is evident in her electric descriptions of Jasmine's evolution as a performer."-Publishers Weekly

"......inspiring, heartwarming, and engaging."-VOYA

"A treat for industrial-rock lovers; a pleasant summer read for others."-Kirkus

"...readers will be rooting for her [Jasmine] and her newfound family to make it big."-BCCB