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Good Idea Gone Bad

By Lesley Choyce

$16.95 Hardback
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Mick and his friends hang out in front of the downtown library--hassling passerby, making noise, spitting on anything in sight. If the night's slow they might even do a little "street cleaning," bashing some geek who has the bad luck to come anywhere near them.
Unlike his friends, though, Mick would rather be playing drums in his metal band, but they broke up in a vicious scrap that left everyone in stitches. So when he meets Dariana, a keyboard player, he's psyched to get together. But for Dariana, Mick's bashing is not at all cool. When Mick and Dariana's band starts taking off, he knows he's got to change. But his old friends have other ideas, and they decide to "persuade" Mick to see things their way.
Set against the tough background of inner-city Halifax and its music scene, Good Idea Gone Bad is the story of one young man growing up in dangerous circumstances.

Awards

Winner - Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature - 1994

Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1993

"The characters are alive, the plot is fast-moving, and the issues the author presents are clear, but not moralizing.... Good Idea Gone Bad is outstanding in every way..."

- The Telegraph-Journal

"With his ear tuned into the rhythm of youth, Choyce does not settle for merely good-bad solutions."

- Susan Atkinson-Keene Atlantic Books Today

"The characters are alive, the plot is fast-moving, and the issues the author presents are clear, but not moralizing.... some [teachers will find it splendid. Good Idea Gone Bad is outstanding in every way."

- E.E. Cran Saint John Telegraph-Journal

"This young adult novel focuses on four musicians who develop their own band and face the choice of staying with their principles or appealing to commercial radio. It is styled as a high interest/low vocabulary read, aimed to appeal to students who consider themselves musicians or rebels agains society. This paperback is a good quick read. The fast-moving plot advances from one set of problems to the next... the characters in the story are meant to represent the mix found in most high schools. The two main characters are given some dimension....the book has lively dialogue!"

- Meredith MacKeen Canadian Materials

"Set in Halifax's lively alternative music scene, the novel tackles several topics of serious interest to adolescents."

- Virginia Beaton Chronicle Herald

"With his ear tuned into the rhythm of youth, Choyce does not settle for merely good-bad solutions."

- Atlantic Books Today

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 151 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780887802416
Format: 7in x 4.25in

BIC Code: YFB, YX, YXC
BISAC Code:  JUV039100, JUV039180
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 11 To 16

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