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Erin Dionne
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek


Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin DionneCocky freshman Elsie Wyatt is on the road to disaster: her mom is obsessed with sensationalist news shows and worries about Elsie’s every breath; her classical musician-superstar dad doesn’t notice her successes; she’s a year younger than everyone else in her class; and thanks to her extreme schedule and over-confident attitude, she has no friends. The one thing she’s good at? The French horn. She’s so good that she’s sure she can get into the prestigious summer music program of her dreams…but first she has to survive a season of marching band.

And that’s not going to be easy: French horns aren’t marching instruments, individual stardom doesn’t count, and everyone looks bad in a polyester uniform. As Elsie stumbles through the season from disaster to disaster, she not only learns what a “chicken” is (and why you should never drop one), how to march in a parade block, and what it takes to escape from a bus bathroom, but how to make friends, deal with overprotective parents, and maybe even launch a romance.

Just as Elsie starts to reconcile her elitist orchestral misconceptions with band geek reality and change her attitude, her world gets rocked again. When marching in a nationally televised parade, Elsie’s disasters collide with those of three other characters, culminating in an epic holiday calamity that could ruin everything she’s worked so hard for.

Praise for Erin Dionne’s Notes from an Accidental Band Geek:

Selected for the 2012 Lone Star Reading List

“Marching-band kids everywhere will enjoy this believable celebration of a life-changing, musical rite of passage.”—Kirkus

“ … the perfect book to hand to your fifth and sixth grade readers who are looking for something a bit more mature, but that is ultimately a clean and fun read …I had a great reading experience. ”—YA Library Tales

Genre/Category: middle grade/tween fiction
Period: contemporary

North American rights, Dial Books for Young Readers

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  Erin Dionne

Dionne writes novels that feature mysteries, marching bands, Shakespeare, cookies, annoying family members, and the heart and humor that come with growing up. She’s also a mom, wife, college professor, and Red Sox fan.

Erin Dionne’s website can be found at