The Secret is Out
By Suzzy Roche, Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Schwartz & Wade Books, $17.99, 40 pages
Have you ever dreamed of being a musician or a singer in a band? This is something many people hope for but only a few actually get to achieve. Suzzy Roche is one of those lucky few. How did she make her dreams a reality? As the youngest member of the folk-indie rock trio The Roches, Roche has written Want to Be in a Band?, a book describing how hard work, cooperation and enthusiasm helped three siblings form a rock and roll band. After convincing her older sisters to teach her how to play the guitar, Roche tackles stage fright, tries song writing, helps name the band, appears publicly for the first time with her sisters (on a street corner!), performs in a club for a real paycheck, signs an autograph, travels the world, meets fans, reads a bad review and many good reviews, gets older, returns home to perform and finally realizes the key to keeping everything together. Read Want to Be in a Band? to find out her secret. Roche stresses the importance of practicing and the art of compromise, especially between siblings and band members and also reminds readers to be grateful for success and family support.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin