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 reading Lockwood & Co., Volume 2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud