Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar. The Startup Squad jumps into action—and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money.
The girls have a lot of great ideas—until everything starts to go wrong. When all the problems start turning disappointed fans into an angry mob, the girls realize they have to get back into the groove before the band members—and the Startup Squad—break up for good!
Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.
About: Face the Music was written by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear. It was published on 5/5/2020 by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 176 pages. The genres was middle grade fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 8 to 12. This is book 2 from a series called The Startup Squad. According to the publisher’s website, “Imprint is a publishing home for authors, illustrators and brands that fosters collaboration, finds ideas in unexpected places, and looks ahead to the future. Our goal is to work with our creators to make their mark in the world and in the lives of readers. Imprint publishes commercial fiction for ages 0-18, develops new intellectual property, and partners with existing brands to develop quality, original content. Imprint is a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Face the Music on 5/29/2020 and finished it on 6/7/2020. I loved the startups concept where kids can read and learn to think about making money. I’m surprised that this is the second time the girls are working together to raise money that they would learn their lessons about teamwork and organization. But each just made her own decisions, argued when disasters strike, and individually fixed the problems. (Second time working together because this is the second book in the series). As I read further, I get the idea why they made so many mistakes but somehow it just makes me lose interest in reading the story before I get to the part of the book where they tried to correct their errors. Four friends from 4 different backgrounds… Vietnamese, Indian, etc… obvious much!
This book followed Harriet Nguyen as she attempted to make something with marshmallows, if only she could find the marshmallows first. While she searched, her friends Amelia, Didi, and Resa came to visit. They brought news posted from the newspaper to Harriet. However, Harriet was not excited because she ruined something of her brother Larry’s, 16. The girls planned to do a fundraising to fix the problem.
Face the Music is my first read in The Startup Squad series. Although I didn’t enjoyed the start of the book, I do liked the ending. I liked the friendship and how they tried to cheer each other up when one was down. They do analyze their mistakes and tried to fix it. Each friend has a distinct personality that somehow complement each other. Harriet likes to live on the fast lane but she makes too many mistakes. These characters are middle schoolers but the story failed to mention their age.
Pro: friendship, think about making money,
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Authors:
Brian Weisfeld has been building businesses his entire life. In elementary school, he bought 100 pounds of gummy bears and hired his friends to sell them. As a teen, he made and sold mix tapes (ask your parents what that is), sorted baseball cards (he got paid in cards), babysat four-days-a-week after school, and sold nuts and dried fruit (and more gummy bears) in a neighborhood store. As an adult, Brian helped build a number of well-known billion-dollar companies including IMAX and Coupons.com. Brian is the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls realize their potential and follow their dreams, whatever their passions. Brian lives in Silicon Valley and can often be found eating gummy bears with his wife while watching his two daughters sell lemonade from the end of their driveway.
Nicole C. Kear grew up in New York City, where she still lives, with her husband, three firecracker kids and a ridiculously fluffy hamster. She’s written lots of essays and a memoir, Now I See You, for grownups; and The Fix-It Friends series and Foreverland for kids. She also co-wrote The Startup Squad series with Brian Weisfeld. She has a bunch of fancy, boring diplomas, and one red clown nose from circus school. Seriously. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).