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Out of Tune

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A country music hopeful puts her Nashville dreams on hold when she moves into an RV to travel across the country with her family in this charming new novel from the author of Breaking the Ice.

When twelve-year-old Maya’s parents sell their house and move the family into the world’s ugliest RV to travel the country, Maya’s only goal is to get back home in time to audition fo
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Simon & Schuster/ Aladdin M!X
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
This was an ok read. I think it would appeal to middle -grade readers, for the most part. I just didn’t find the storyline to be that realistic and appealing.
Jen Malone
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Maya's dad brings home a beat-up RV and declares the family is selling their house and "embarking on an adventure", she's... less than thrilled. Especially since it means missing out on the chance to audition for a reality singing competition alongside the boy she's crushing on. Who could blame her for cooking up a million and one plots to get back home, despite the fact that life on the road isn't quite as bad as she expected (and full of unusual sights and people.) Super fun tween drama h ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Normally love this author's work, but since I don't have many singers in school, I think I'll pass. Living in a trailer is pretty quirky, but there have been families in our area who have done it for a while. I think my big objection was that I didn't like Maya very much. Either that, or I flashed back to my family's travel trailer that my parents threatened to live in for a while. Since my parents were both educators, it was a valid threat. I think they planned on subbing here and there. Luckil ...more
Carolyn Menke
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine selling your house and living out of a retro RV camper. Sounds crazy fun, right? Not to twelve-year-old singing hopeful Maya, whose secret crush asked HER to audition for the TV show Dueling Duets. Her big break is coming, but her parents expect her to give it all up, downsize her bedroom to a cubbyhole, and climb aboard Bertha the Beast with her sister Bug. While the rest of her family embraces this new life on wheels, and even meets new friends Gert and Shiver along the way, all Maya w ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Out of Tune is a cute story of aspiring country-singer Maya, an ugly RV named Bertha, a girl with blue hair named Shiver, and the desperate chase of a dream.

Overall, this was a good book! I enjoyed the characters—especially Bug and Remy, I thought they were a lot of fun. Even as an adult, reading this aloud had me laughing at certain parts (Sick Stu was a particular favorite), and the relationship that Maya has with her parents is truly believable. Nall does a great job of slipping into the shoe
Valerie McEnroe
Didn't love this one as much as Breaking the Ice. Maya is a talented singer and is looking forward to auditioning for Dueling Duets with her crush, Jack. Her parents put a major wrench in her plans when they decide to trade in their home for an RV. They've always dreamed of traveling around the country. Maya's little sister is thrilled, but Maya sees HER dreams going down the toilet. On top of that, she has to live in a tiny compartment, lose her best friend, and run into a girl she can't stand ...more
Stephanie Faris
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The idea of traveling around the country in an RV sounds amazing to most of us. Not to the lead character in Out of Tune, though. All Maya wants is to audition for a show called Dueling Duets with her secret crush, Jack. But her fixation on getting home almost makes her miss out on all of the great things about her new life, including a cute boy named Remy and a "frenemy" named Shiver. Gail does a fantastic job of conveying the angst a preteen feels when she's stuck with her family while missing ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was definitely good, but it sometimes confused me. Sometimes the author would mention things twice, like (this isn't actually from the book): "I saw a bear looking at me strangely" and then a couple sentences later it would say "I looked over to find a bear giving me a weird look". So I guess it was kind of redundant at some points, but other than that, it was a really good book! ...more
MIriam Spitzer Frankllin
Funny and heartwarming, Maya's story is about following your dreams even after her parents put them on hold by moving the family into the RV and embarking on a cross-country trip. Along the way she makes new friends, sees new things, and opens her mind to adventures all while discovering truths about herself and her family connections. A great middle school read! ...more
Katy Lovejoy
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes my own house seems to small for my family, so i would not like it if my parents decided to pack up and live in an Rv
Sandi Van
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read about family, friendship, and figuring out what is most important in life. I loved the way the settings were described - made me want to road trip out west!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friendship adventure
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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It's never good news when your dad brings home a junker RV. But it's especially bad news for 12-year-old Maya. Her parents announce that the rust bucket in the driveway will be their new home and Maya will have to leave everything behind -- her house, her BFF, and her dream of becoming a country music star on Dueling Duets.

As the family hits the open road, Maya plots a way to make it back to Nashville for the Dueling Duets auditions. But Operation Maya Goes Home, OMGH, turns out to be more compl
Rachele Alpine
Maya's dad decides that her family is going to go on an adventure that involves selling their house, buying an RV and touring the country. While Maya's little sister, Bug, is on board, Maya most certainly is not. She needs to stay in Nashville to try out for the reality show Dueling Duets, where she's sure she'll become a star, but her parents won't listen to her. So while stuck on the RV, she tries everything she can to get back home for the audition.

Middle grade readers are goin
Nancy Luebke
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting read for a little older child. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5 * rating. It was full of adventures and finding out life doesn't always turn out like you want it to. This is pretty long for a child though. However, if a child really likes to read, it is pretty fast moving and there is something happening all the time. ...more
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Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the Aladdin/S&S middle grade novels OUT OF TUNE, BREAKING THE ICE, the YOU'RE INVITED series (co-authored with Jen Malone), and BEST.NIGHT.EVER. (co-authored). She is also the author of the young adul ...more

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