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Jukebooks: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

Screaming DivasThrough some mighty strange twists of fate, sixteen year-old Trudy Baxter goes from a juvenile detention facility in South Carolina to spinning records at a New York club. She thinks of starting a band. Changing her name to the more appropriate “Trudy Sin” and gathering together three band mates, Trudy creates ‘Screaming Divas.” Thinking back to her childhood days spent listening to Diana Ross, Trudy envisions their girl band to be “…like the Supremes, with instruments.”

Well, how cool would that be?

Diana Ross was singing with a group by the age of fifteen. Throughout the 1960s, Diana Ross and the Supremes were the most successful act of Detroit’s Motown record label. Thousands of women and men have emulated her glamorous style. Here they are, singing “Where Did Our Love Go?” (It’s hard to imagine a stonier audience!)

-Diane Colson, currently readingĀ Lockwood & Co., Volume 2: The Whispering SkullĀ by Jonathan Stroud

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Diane Colson

I have been a librarian working with youth since 1998, beginning at the Alachua County Library District, and later at Palm Harbor Library and Nashville Public Library. Possibly because of the edgy nature of teen literature, or possibly because my maturation process crashed at the age of fifteen years-old, I love YA books. And I enjoy working with YAs as well, although I'm just as happy doing Toddler Time. By some good fortune, I have served on a number of YALSA selection committees (Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks, Alex Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, Morris Award, and Printz) as well as a smattering of process committees. Currently I am serving on the YALSA Board. .I also review books for VOYA, School Library Journal's Adult4Teen Blog, BookPage, and Booklist.