{Story Diary} Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland

Jan 15, 2016

dusty moonUnder the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland
Young Adult Contemporary
January 23, 2016 from Dundurn Press

She's with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria Mahler is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up under mysterious circumstances, but, after years spent off the road being a mom, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

When an offer to tour Japan falls into her mom’s lap, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her distant grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Fortunately, a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers save the season, and Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.

But when Micky finally comes home — with a poorly chosen boyfriend in tow — all bets are off. Will Vic be able to maintain her newfound sense of self amidst the building thunder of Micky’s second chance at stardom? And through it all, will Micky still really be her best friend?


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Centre Island, Sunset Grill, FanCon, Kensington Market

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**Quotes are taken directly from an uncorrected advanced review copy and are subject to change in final copy**

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[Playlist compiled by author; edit by me]

Suzanne Sutherland is a Toronto-based writer for children and teens. Her first book, When We Were Good, was a finalist for the inaugural Speaker's Young Authors Award and was selected for the American Library Association's Rainbow List.

Her second book, Something Wiki, was a starred selection in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens, and was a Dewey Divas and Dudes pick and a Top Grade selection.

Her latest book, Under the Dusty Moon, is a Junior Library Guild selection for Spring 2016 and has received some very nice reviews. You can read more about it here.

Suzanne is also the co-founder of the Toronto Zine Library, and works in children's publishing. She's a bit too fond of John Waters movies, pop punk, and banana marshmallow candy, but thinks that your hair looks nice today.

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