Muted by Tami Charles
Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Denver and her best friends are taken under the wing of music legend Sean “Mercury” Jones aka Merc to become the next big thing, but at what price? As Merc becomes more controlling and cuts the girls off from family and friends, will they even make it out alive?
Muted flows from the first page with verse that feels like lyrics to a song (not including the song or two that is included). Readers will immediately be hooked by Denver and her dreams of music stardom. Then, what at first seems like an inspiring read about friends making music, quickly turns sinister as Merc takes control, further calling readers to race through to see how everything plays out. Each section reads quickly with plenty of white space to help with the overall flow of the book, but does not lessen the overall emotional impact of emotional abuse that is ripped from the headlines.
Fans of music and mystery will enjoy this one. After readers finish this, hand them another excellent quick pick with a similar thrilling plot, Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson.
–Molly Dettmann; Norman, OK
Other Nominated Titles
- Noelle: The Mean Girl by Ashley Woodfolk (March 9th, 2021)
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