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Born to Rock
Born to Rock
Author: Gordon Korman
Leo Caraway—high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student—had his entire future perfectly planned out. That was, until the X factor. As in Marion X. McMurphy. As in King Maggot, the lead singer of Purge, the most popular, most destructive band punk rock has ever seen. As in Leo's biologica...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780786809202
ISBN-10: 0786809205
Publication Date: 4/1/2006
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
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Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

One good deed changes Leo's life forever.

When his best friend asks him to tutor her friend, Owen, in math, he can't turn her down. He discovers that Owen can relate his math issues to pinballs and understand. So, during a test, Leo sees Own panicking and whispers "pinballs."

In that moment, he's accused of cheating.

There goes his scholarship to Harvard, the one he's been counting on, since his family doesn't have enough money for college. Then comes another curveball--Leo finds out the identity of his biological father, the man who's currently making a comeback: the King of Purge, the leader of the most popular punk band ever.

Leo meets his father and joins the reunion tour for the summer working as a stage hand. Can he bond with his father, survive the mess he's made of his life, and figure out where to go from here?

BORN TO ROCK focuses around music, standing up against bullies, and finding your strengths. I recommend this one to music lovers or anyone fighting the system.