No Returns (The Battleband Saga, #1)
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No Returns (The Battleband Saga, #1)

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Gail Giles (Shattering Glass, What Happened to Cass McBride, Girls Like Us) returns with another winner to entrance readers young and old, an adventure that pits a boy band against the devil.

Pod does card tricks to prove he’s in control. Flaco is rich and loyal beyond words to his abuelo. Manny is desperate to get out of his Bar Mitzvah. Together, what these misfits want...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by Running Fox Books (first published January 10th 2014)
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Ms. Yingling
Pod and his friends Flaco and Manny have been working on songs for their band, Fly, for a while, but things are heating up now that they have a spot in the Battleband competition. They all want to win, for various reasons. Pod struggles to control his world since his mother disappeared and his police officer father has become distant. Flaco's abuelo is elderly and ill, and Manny is conflicted about his upcoming bar mitzvah. When Manny's lyrics summon the James Cagney look-alike Fred, it seems th...more
Wendy Mccarty
When I first began reading this book, I didn't like it. Based in a world of magic, it is felt dark and eerie. In the words of Pod, the lead character, it is in that "part of the hole that's always half empty." As I continued to read, however, I began to see the story's strengths in reaching deep concerns of it's target audience: young people in their early teens.

Set in a world of a card-playing crow, a strange little man with bejeweled fingers who appears in a poof, and butterflies that swarm o...more
Teresa Ascone
No Returns by Deb Vanasse and Gail Giles is a fabulous beginning to a new series of boy-adventure books, The Battleband Saga. It has all the best elements of the genre: rough camaraderie, excellent character introduction and development, and enough excitement (based upon supernatural interference in the battle of bands) to carry the story along at a fast pace. It's a peek into the world of boys and their music - with a bit of mystery and a brush with the devil thrown in. I was fortunate to recei...more
Louis Lehmann
"No Returns" immediately captured my attention with its vivid sensory imagery, masterfully sustained throughout the book. The story focuses on the relationship of Pod, Flaco, and Manny; three musically ambitious thirteen-year-old in a band where their ill-advised creativity accidentally ensnares them with unexpected demonic forces personified in Fred, a Cagney-like creature reflecting some of Pod's secret fears. Pod's narration reveals how the three boys struggle with temptation, confusion, and...more
Khalia Hades
I like the development of the Pod character. The book fleshes him out nicely and as the book progresses I feel more and more sympathetic to him. Set in a world of a card-playing crow, a strange little man with bejeweled fingers who appears in a poof, and butterflies that swarm on the sound of a song, it provides multiple layers of meaning. Beneath the surface of magic and illusion lie explorations of "sorrow, pride, joy, fear, and hope," to again quote Pod. As they explore these complex emotions...more
As a junior high teacher who has read countless YA novels, I feel confident in asserting that this book is one teens will love. The characters are fleshed out with the perfect amount of detail, and the story is suspenseful and engaging. Three middle school boys have a band that sings an invitation for success and unwittingly makes a Faustian pact with an agent of the devil who resembles James Cagney. While this is obviously a start of a series, it could be read as a stand alone book.

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This book brings to life characters that are generally set in more mature books but the author actually puts them in and makes them work. The characters all have a life of their own yet come together nicely. The conflict of morals, feelings and just what is right and wrong is good in this book. It did take a bit for me to get into the book but overall it was a great read. would recommend this to anyone over age 12 due to the concept of the book it may be hard for some younger readers to understa...more
Regan Shoaf
This was a great book i could hardly put it down.
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T...more
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