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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisa Jenn Bigelow  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Bigelow received her library science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and now work as a youth services librarian at a Chicago-area public library. She lives in Skokie.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Jenn Bigelow was born and raised in Michigan. She now lives in the Chicago area, where she works as a youth services librarian. Her other interests include music, art, road trips, and spending time with her dogs, Saffy and Brooklyn.


''Starting from Here''
-- Top Ten Book, Rainbow List, 2013

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Drum roll, please /
ISBN: 0062791141. OCLC Number: 1004920407

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Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat in this big-hearted middle grade novel. Not to be missed by fans of Raina Telgemeier's Drama and Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever! Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It's the only time she doesn't feel like a mouse. Now she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But this summer brings a lot of big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. To top it all off, Melly's not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock 'n' roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

ISBN: 006279115X. OCLC Number: 1048436609


Starting from here
ISBN: 9781477847541. OCLC Number: 766606313

Amazon Children's Pub.,. .

Sixteen-year-old Colby is barely hanging on with her mother dead, her long-haul trucker father often away, her almost-girlfriend dumping her for a boy, and her failing grades, when a stray dog appears and helps her find hope.