Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine
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Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine

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Dear Sammy,

The truth is that the first 13 years of my lif ebefore I met you-have been SUPER BORING. My life didn't really start until two Weeks ago. That Was the day I decided to become a full-on, fire-breathing MEGALORD OF RRRRROCK.

I mean, just because I have absolutely no musical ability is no reason to give up on my destiny. You see, I found this b...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Ms. Yingling
BJ moves with his lawyer mother and ex-rocker father from Cleveland to New York City. He's excited that things might be different-- he'll be cool, not called "Dockers" by classmates, and he'll have the same close relationship with his father that his best friend Kevin has. When the weird Merv shows up and drops a book about how the Good Supreme, a legendary rocker, BJ decides to follow the vague instructions and try to become a rocker himself. He recruits Jann, a guitar player who earns money pl...more
Jacobie D
This is an adventure of a 13 year old boy named B.J. who wants to become a megalord of rock. It starts out when a tall dude, named merv, comes up to his front door and asks to talk to his dad. B.J's dad and merv get into an argument, and merv leaves. As he leaves, something falls out of merv's pocket. When merv is out of sight B.J. runs to get what he knows as a notebook. When he goes to school the next day he looks through the notebook, and he notices it is a book about becoming the megalord of...more
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Meet B.J. Levine, a Jewish boy from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Greenwich Village in New York City, B.J decides to turn his boring life around and do something truly different, something he'll be loved and remembered for. He decides to create a band and become an all-powerful god of rock. And not just a musician, not even a famous performance artist, but "a full-on...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
3.5 Stars

The cover of this book gives us a hint of the craziness that will ensue. Thirteen-year-old BJ's life turns upside down when a big, burly, biker named Merv comes knocking on his door and gets in an argument with his father. BJ is royally confused about the fight and can't make sense of the hushed whispers and sudden outbursts between this giant stranger and his father. When Merv rides off, he drops an old notebook that turns BJ's life upside down. In it, he finds the perfect formula to b...more
I think the books genre is drama-adventure. The book summary would be, A boy named bj starts a band called the good supreme and they go off playing show with a team named b.l.a.s.t. and they get taken away from their parents. I think that the compelling literary element is the characters because if b.l.a.s.t. were not in the story they would be safe and sound in new york. 3 things that interrested me are 1. When jann played that amazing guitar solo in school. 2. when bj dicovered his name was re...more
This is a fun book to read. BJ Levine is an average kid until he discovers a mysterious notebook with specific instructions on how to be a 'rock god'. BJ goes forth and tries to follow the path the book sets for him. This road is not an easy one though. He has to overcome his fears, connect with his inner Hendrix and outrun some old leather clad, biker dudes out to get him.
I absolutely loved all the band references in this book also. The author talks a lot about Bon Jovi, which took me on a tri...more
This book came into our library as a children's book, even though I ordered it for teens. So I had to read it to determine the best place for it & I am so glad that I did because it was a lot of fun & I enjoyed all the references to rock bands of yesteryear & that particular culture, including the old bikers. Anyone who loves "classic" rock music & has a sense of humor would like this title. I think it belongs in the teen fiction section, by the way!
Rachel Seigel
If you know of a 10-12 year old boy who is a reluctant reader, this book is perfect for them. It's a madcap adventure about Rock and Roll, friendship and finding yourself. It's fast-paced, funny at times, and a light and entertaining read. There isn't a lot of meat to it, but reluctant boys will gobble this up.
Reminded me of Daniel Pinkwater's works, but slightly more sane. BJ goes on a quest to become the Megalord of RRRRock! and what follows is not what you expect. Knowledge of 80s butt rock is also helpful. I think this would suit 6th or 7th graders, possibly younger, not what I consider young adults.
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Barnabas Miller has written many books for children and young adults. He also composes and produces music for film and network television. He lives in New York City with his wife, Heidi; their cat, Ted; and their dog, Zooey.
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