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Candidly Cline



by
Kathryn Ormsbee

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780063059993
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Language: Mild Language
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JLG Category

Advanced Readers

Brimming with heart, warmth, and hope, Kathryn Ormsbee’s queer coming-of-age story about a girl trying to find her voice hits all the right notes for fans of Julie Murphy and Lisa Jenn Bigelow.

Born in Paris, Kentucky, and raised on her Gram’s favorite country music, Cline Alden is a girl with big dreams and a heart full of song.

So when she finds out about a young musicians’ workshop just a few towns over, Cline sweet-talks, saves, and maybe fibs her way to her first real step toward musical stardom. But her big dreams never prepared her for the butterflies she feels surrounded by so many other talented kids—especially Sylvie, who gives Cline the type of butterflies she’s only ever heard about in love songs.

As she learns to make music of her own, Cline begins to realize how much of herself she’s been holding back. But now, there’s a new song taking shape in her heart—if only she can find her voice and sing it.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.1: points 11

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Singers. Mothers and daughters. Grandmothers. Lesbian teenagers. Alzheimer’s disease. Country music. Paris, Kentucky. Evangelical Christians. Conduct of life. Friendship. LGBTQ. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-Middle schooler Cline Alden's life revolves around music, specifically country. Named after Patsy Cline, she uses playlists as pep talks, watches an old music variety show with her Gram every Monday evening, and teaches herself to play guitar with YouTube videos. Cline's mother works at a café, and when her coworker Delia tells Cline about a young singer-songwriters workshop in Lexington, a few towns over from their small Kentucky town of Paris, she knows she has to apply. Her mother isn't the biggest supporter of her musical dreams, so Cline has to go behind her back to raise the money, and get to and from classes. Once accepted to the program, Cline has a negative interaction with another workshop member, Sylvie, who is later assigned as her partner. Through Sylvie, Cline learns that first impressions aren't always what they seem and sometimes people build walls to protect themselves, and her feelings for Sylvie shift. Ormsbee's writing feels lyrical and full of country twang. Cline is an authentically relatable tween protagonist who, like her friends, shows only pieces of herself depending on who she's with. As the story unfolds, she shows readers what it takes to live authentically and be true to yourself. This coming-of-age story tackles a myriad of topics in an approachable manner. Cline is cued as white. VERDICT First purchase. A sweet tale of coming into one's own and an affirming queer love story, too.-Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-Middle schooler Cline Alden's life revolves around music, specifically country. Named after Patsy Cline, she uses playlists as pep talks, watches an old music variety show with her Gram every Monday evening, and teaches herself to play guitar with YouTube videos. Cline's mother works at a café, and when her coworker Delia tells Cline about a young singer-songwriters workshop in Lexington, a few towns over from their small Kentucky town of Paris, she knows she has to apply. Her mother isn't the biggest supporter of her musical dreams, so Cline has to go behind her back to raise the money, and get to and from classes. Once accepted to the program, Cline has a negative interaction with another workshop member, Sylvie, who is later assigned as her partner. Through Sylvie, Cline learns that first impressions aren't always what they seem and sometimes people build walls to protect themselves, and her feelings for Sylvie shift. Ormsbee's writing feels lyrical and full of country twang. Cline is an authentically relatable tween protagonist who, like her friends, shows only pieces of herself depending on who she's with. As the story unfolds, she shows readers what it takes to live authentically and be true to yourself. This coming-of-age story tackles a myriad of topics in an approachable manner. Cline is cued as white. VERDICT First purchase. A sweet tale of coming into one's own and an affirming queer love story, too.-Alicia Kalan, The Northwest Sch., Seattle

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