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Audition & Subtraction

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Best friends Tatum and Lori are used to doing everything together-including a clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But all that changes when Michael transfers to their middle school, and into their band. Suddenly, not only is he competition for Tatum's spot on stage, but he's stealing Lori, too. Tatum doesn't like change no matter its form: not with her g ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Walker Childrens (first published September 2012)
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Kelly Hager
Sep 05, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this book because I loved OyMG so much. The two are very different and while I definitely preferred OyMG, I really enjoyed this one, too.

I think everyone can relate to the idea of being left behind. Tatum tries so hard to cling to her friendship with Lori that she's very willing to sell herself short. And, like most of us (or, at the very least, like me), she won't admit to being upset or hurt because it may cause a fight or accusations of being jealous that Lori has a b
Sep 04, 2012 Kami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- This was a really cute book. There were a few things that were juvenile, but that was the target audience for the book, so I guess it's ok.

- I LOVED LOVED LOVED all the band geek stuff!! I also LOVED LOVED LOVED all the clarinet stuff! I can totally sympathize with a calloused thumb and a sore lip!

- I remember the competitive feeling in band. It was exciting and nerve wrecking! Good Times!

- Auditions are scary. I'm with Tatum! They suck! This book brought back all sorts of memories about regi
Evelyn Krieger
Jul 24, 2013 Evelyn Krieger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a refreshing read--no swearing, violence, darkness, or controversy. Even thought the main characters are fourteen, the story seems more fitting for ages 9-12. Audition and Subtraction is a fun story that tweens can get lost in. I enjoyed reading about middle-school band life, something I never experienced. Tatum's voice was authentic and humorous. Her problems and emotions will feel real to young readers. The themes of accepting change and facing one's fears are woven into a great story ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tatum and Lori are inseparable. When Tatum found out her parents were getting separated, she basically lived at Lori’s. There friendship should be able to overcome everything. Right? There is a new boy at school, Michael. Not only has he caught Lori’s eye, he’s also up for the same spot as Tatum in the District Honor Band. Tatum isn’t sure that Lori is in her corner now that Michael is her boyfriend.

This book was adorable! It was sweet, fun and just enjoyable to read.

I loved the relationship bet
Stephanie Redwine
Apr 28, 2012 Stephanie Redwine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would be lying if I said the title had nothing to do with my decision to read this book. I am a math teacher and the title is so close to ‘addition and subtraction’ that I was immediately drawn to it! Then I found of it was written by Amy Fellner Dominy and I was sold!
This story is about a 14 year old girl, Tatum, whose world is turned upside down when a new boy shows up at school and seems to take everything away from her. She had been planning on taking the third spot in the District Honor
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Can math equations change or does every problem only have 1 answer? Tatum believes that Tatum + Lori = Best Friends is an equation that will never change; however, she cannot predict variables that may change the problem as she knows it.

Amy Fellner Dominy is such a realistic voice in the world of middle grade novels. Her humor, story and emotions are spot on to the middle school experience. I also love that overall the book is such a positive
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
This is a book every band geek will enjoy! I say that with love.... When hottie Michael moves in to town, shy Tatum is determined to not let this boy come in between her and her BFF Lori. Lori on the other hand, is knee deep in her first relationship. Throw in a fight to the death band competition - well, almost - and you have a fun middle grade that tests the lines of friendships.

Check out a great blog post about the WORST SCHOOL PICTURE ever at the blog! Yes, WE both share pictures!

Sep 04, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens or anyone older who wants to remember what it was like to be a tween
Shelves: tween
OyMG . . . Amy has done it again!!!!!!! This book is the perfect tween book. My daughter and I each read it within a single night. Reading about tweens and their friendships and the relationships, some of us are well beyond the tween stage. It was nice to revisit it. This book is full of twists and turns and surprises! I have now read the book three times and plan on reading it a few more times! It was a great read. Look forward to more of Amy's books!!!!!!!
Terry Johnson
Sep 09, 2012 Terry Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Such a sweet story about friendship and family and growing up. The characters, especially Tatum, come alive through great choice of details.
Sep 01, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because it incorpated the school band into its main plot line.
Liz Fichera
Sep 04, 2012 Liz Fichera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet story! The dialogue was particularly funny and authentic. I had a total soft spot for Aaron and the awkwardness of middle school. That it was set in Phoenix made me love it even more.
Nov 25, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great message about friendship and having confidence in yourself.
Katie Fitzgerald
Audition & Subtraction is the latest middle grade novel from OyMG author Amy Fellner Dominy. This time, Dominy takes her readers into the world of middle school band competition. Tatum is a clarinetist, and Lori plays flute. They have been best friends forever, and Lori has always been there to play duets with Tatum so she doesn’t have to face the District Honor Band judges on her own. This year, though, there’s a new clarinetist in town, Michael, and not only does he present serious competi ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for an appropriate book for middle graders that tackles middle school, friends and romance? Look no further than Audition & Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy.

Synopsis: For as long as Tatum can remember it’s been:

Tatum + Lori = Best friends

They do everything together, including a yearly clarinet/flute duet for District Honor Band auditions. But when a new boy transfers to their middle school and their band, the equation suddenly changes to:

Lori + Michael – Tatum = One happy couple

Sep 28, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confession time! I thought AUDITION & SUBTRACTION was a young adult novel before I started reading it. I know, I know, the cartoon cover should've given it away, but I didn't. I was kind of disappointed because I wanted to read about high school band. (Not that I don't have fond memories of middle school band, too. I'm just hostile to surprise.)

Tatum is a second clarinet in the Dakota Middle School band, but she still has a chance of being one of three clarinets from the school that earns a
Jillian Heise
Feb 01, 2012 Jillian Heise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y2012-ira-conf
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

AUDITION & SUBTRACTION is such a cute story. It's exactly what I've come to expect from Amy Fellner Dominy! Her writing voice is spot on for a middle grades book that will engage readers. Her books have middle school appropriate romance with a unique twist. This time it's the band students.

Some things seemed a little obvious to me as an experienced reader, but as a middle schooler, I probably wouldn't have realized them at that age. How
Ms. Yingling
Oct 18, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tatum and Lori are best friends and band mates and do everything together, especially a duet for band competition. When hot new guy Michael moves to town, everyone swoons over him, especially Lori. Lori has recently lost a lot of weight and isn't used to boys thinking of her as hot, so when Michael starts paying attention to her, she is elated. Tatum is glad for her friend, but misses her, and feels awkward about the whole middle school romance thing, especially when she starts looking at her fr ...more
Holy crow, a review book I actually liked. Be still, my heart.

Since the third grade, Tatum and Lori have been inseparable, but now that middle school is drawing to a close, things are changing. Tatum first notices it when Michael moves to town--Michael, the new kid, the new clarinet player, the new clarinet player who threatens Tatum's chance at getting into the District Honor Band. Michael, whose immediate interest in Lori threatens to break up the friendship. As Lori begins to take her new boy
Cindy Hudson
Oct 02, 2012 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tatum doesn’t like change, but everything around her seems to be changing anyway. Her parents are separated and talking about divorce, her best friend lost weight and is reveling in newfound attention from boys, and a new kid in band wants to move into her position as third clarinet. She wants things back the way they were before eighth grade started, but since that’s not happening, Tatum has to figure out how to adjust or be left behind while everyone else moves on.

Audition and Subtraction by A
Kayla Eklund
Sep 19, 2012 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audition and Subtraction was a good middle grade novel. The book is about a girl named Tatum. Everything is changing around her and she doesn't like it. She can’t understand why everything can’t go back to the way it was before. She has quite a few bad changes in her life, but she also a few good ones too. This book has a good lesson for the readers. The lesson is, change is not always a bad thing. It might seem like the worst thing in the world when you are going through it. However, something ...more
Laurisa Reyes
Sep 09, 2012 Laurisa Reyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific book for ages 10 - 14, especially girls. Tatum plays clarinet and has her heart set on making it into honor band. With the audition looming, a new clarinetist moves in. Michael is just as determined as she is to get into the band, but only one can make it. What follows is a story of competition and friendship and first love.

I thoroughly enjoyed Audition & Subtraction, which surprised me since I don't read much contemporary fiction. But the story had just the right balance
Aug 15, 2012 Shielamom rated it it was amazing
AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION is like a favorite boyfriend on a cool afternoon; something you want to cozy up with and never let go. Her middle grade voice carried me back to the days of marching bands, first loves, and discovering the world isn't always the wonderful place you thought it should be. The sweet and honest story kept me up way past my bedtime because, like that first boyfriend I talked all hours on the phone with, I wasn't ready to say goodnight. It was a quick read that had me nodding ...more
Bree Ervin
Nov 07, 2014 Bree Ervin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Amy Fellner Dominy's writing in OyMG. Reading this solidified her status in my mind as this generation's Judy Blume. (Not to put too much pressure on her!)

Audition and Subtraction is for anyone who has struggled to balance their goals and aspirations against the pressures of friendship, dating, love and fear of being left out.

Hands down one of my favorite books, from one of my favorite authors.
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Oct 08, 2012 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, e-books
When I read the plot summary for this one I thought that it would be a typical boy gets in the middle of two best girl friends and then they either realize friendship is more important than boys or they fall out permanently when one realizes that the other was not a true friend. So I was pleasantly surprised by this book because it didn't do that. It was sweet and you really did like Tatum and you wanted her to succeed.
Sep 18, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-gr
This is a wonderfully engaging story of growing up and becoming your own person. The characters are wonderful. Tatum and Lori are best friends and both in the band however when the new band mate comes along it stirs up trouble in the friendship and leads to tough choices and realizations. I enjoyed this book and completed it in one sitting. A great read for middle school ages. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
May 25, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"The ultimate message–that we don’t always get everything we want, even after sacrifices and hard work–is a valuable one, presented subtly. Girls looking for a realistic story will enjoy this one, and even those without musical aspirations will identify with Tatum’s problems." -- School Library Journal
Kirsti Call
Sep 22, 2012 Kirsti Call rated it really liked it
Anyone who has played in a band would love this heart warming coming of age book. I especially like this because I played the clarinet in Jr. high and High School, just like the protagonist. This book addresses the complexities of friendship, dealing with parental separation, and being true to yourself. I love the characters and how Tatum eventually learns the value of courage.
Mary Louise Sanchez
This story was very much in tune with my youth when I was auditioning for honor bands and practicing to defend my first chair clarinetist status. Tatum and Lori have been a duet since elementary school and now the new boy, Michael, also a clarinetist, is putting a wedge between them, plus, Tatum's parents are considering divorce. This book was sweet music all around.
This book sounds amazing. I MUST read this book. It sot of reminds me what my teenage years were pretty much like....flying solo. Sometimes when you fly solo, it is the best thing in the world, but then there are times when we need a co-pilot we can trust won't let the plane crash and thus ruining our happy life.
Oct 02, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This talented author captivated me from the first page in this coming of age read. Superb writing style and realistic / important life lessons about standing up for yourself when others would have you simply follow them and do what they want you to do. Content sutible for younger readers.
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Amy Fellner Dominy is an advertising copywriter turned playwright turned novelist. Her books for teens and tweens include DIE FOR YOU; A MATTER OF HEART; AUDITION & SUBTRACTION; and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book.
Amy's first picture book, COOKIESAURUS REX, co-written by Nate Evans, is coming from Disney this September. It's going to be sweet! :)

Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her hubby
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