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fact that no one knows how to play anything. But when Vita, whose older brother is a cancer researcher,
learns that band-member Tanya has leukemia, she begins to wonder how their upcoming performance
might be put to a greater good. Emerson's graphic novel (developed with Peter Reynolds' FableVision
media company) succeeds on several levels: the characters are credibly diverse in personality and
appearance, and their individual stories are carefully twisted into a full and complex story arc.
Additionally, information about leukemia's physical toll on a young patient and research methods to
combat it are integrated cleanly and without didacticism. Full-color panels vary in size and shape, with
scenes moving from the stage to a soda shop to the back corridors of the hospital. Gentler and for a
younger crowd than Judd Winick's Pedro and Me (2000), this bouncy cartoon story nonetheless mines
equally serious territory, and stands a good chance of finding wide popularity to boot.
"-- Francisca Goldsmith, ""BOOKLIST, "March 15, 2010