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Rules to Rock By

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  17 reviews

You'd never guess it now, but Annabelle Cabrera used to be a rock star. And not like her mom or dad called her a "total rock star" after she won a spelling bee or something. She was a real rock star, the bassist of Egg Mountain, the most popular band in the New York music scene. But when her parents uproot her from Brooklyn and move her to Rhode Island so they can record t

Published June 22nd 2010 by Walker Books for Young Readers (first published June 5th 2010)
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Annabelle’s parents uproot their family from Brooklyn to Rhode Island to further their musical careers by moving into a house that also contains a recording studio. Belle is not thrilled with this choice, as the band she belongs to in New York City, Egg Mountain, is finally taking off – with recording deals, exciting gigs, and wide-spread interest on the Internet. When she gets to Providence, Belle (unwilling to become a 12-year-old rock-and-roll has-been) decides to start a new band. But her mu ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Playing bass guitar with the kid rock band Egg Mountain is all Annabelle "Belle" wants to do. They have become quite a sensation in New York. Being the kid of two famous indie rock musicians has given her a chance to learn and play with some of the best. Everything in Belle's life is about to change.

Belle's parents are knee-deep in recording a new album, and they've decided they need to get away from all the distractions of the big
Mary Brebner
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final Grade: 96/A
256 pages
YA Contemporary
Recommend to students: A resounding YES!

REVIEW: Oh, I really, really liked this story. Annabelle Cabrera is such a fun character--she's bright, driven and spunky (oh, wait...don't call her spunky, she hates that). And I feel so bad for her at the beginning of the book. She had a really good thing going back in Brooklyn with her grandmother to take care of her while her parents are off doing their band thing. The parents' indie band, Bennie and Joon, is Da
This book is almost pitch perfect. The story line of Annabelle, tween rocker, is a perfect mix of music and word. This should engage that hard to reach target of 10-12 year-olds and especially reluctant readers. I think even their hipster parents will be peeking at the pages of this one. Annabelle finds herself ripped from her hip and happening life and shoved into fending for herself at the age of twelve. She finds herself trapped between wanting to be a child and having to be a grown up since ...more
Bass player Annabelle enjoyed a meteoric rise to rock star status by the age of 12. And before she turned 13, she was back to a life of obscurity. Her musician parents decided to move the family to Providence, Rhode Island, to finish recording their new album because living and recording in Brooklyn had simply gotten too expensive. Never mind that Annabelle had to leave her popular band, Egg Mountain, her friends, and her abuela behind and that her younger brother, Xavier, has become increasingl ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I read Total Tragedy Of A Girl Named Hamlet, I’ve been trying to find girl characters I like just as much as Hamlet. I really love Annabelle Cabrara! She is a smart, brave 6th grader thrown into a less than ideal situation. She’s moved away from her friends, her band and her beloved grandmother. She and her brother now live with just their parents. Her parents are indy rockers who spend more time developing songs and albums than spending quality time with their kids. Annabelle is used ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
In the end I liked this book. However, it started out rough. The novel is narrated by the protagonist, Annabelle Cabrera; she is 12 years old, in 6th grade, and recently moved from Brooklyn to Providence. I felt as if the author were trying to tell the reader everything about Annabelle's life in the beginning chapters, so she felt flat and voiceless. As the novel unfolded, Annabelle's voice began to get louder. After letting the book sit for a few days before writing the review, I still am not c ...more
Annabelle Cabrera's life has been turned upside down when her parents move the family from New York to Providence, Rhode Island to record their next album. In New York, Annabelle was the star of a teen rock group and everyone knew who she was. In Providence, she wants to start her own band and hopes to get back to the height of her last one. The book follows Annabelle's journey to create her own band (with some "rules of rock" from an old friend) through the tumultuous times of being new to a sc ...more
Danie P.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a, children-s-books
Annabelle's parents are alt rock band Bennie and Joon. After struggling to make ends meet in Brooklyn, NY they decide to move the family to Rhode Island so they can record and make a better life. Too bad it ruins Annabelles life too. Annabelle was a rock star too in the biggest under 18 band in New York called Egg Mountain. Now she's stuck in a middle school where she knows no one, doesn't have a band and has to babysit her little brother ALL THE TIME. This story follows Belle as she tries to pu ...more
Jennifer this for a 6th grade book talk. I actually enjoyed this one. Annabelle is forced to move from her home in Brooklyn to a new one in Rhode Island, away from her grandmother, her friends and most importantly, her band. Having moved away from my friends and family this past year, I could definitely relate.

Annabelle's main goal is to put together another band - but it isn't as simple as she hopes.
Mar 05, 2013 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this to review for my 11 year old daughter -- and I am very pleasantly surprised. I typically abhor most contemporary young lit -- and this is excellent. The voice is strong and energetic - not simplified and cutesy. At quick glance , the cover is gender-neutral: this is about a girl! Who loves music, is unhappy at her new school in Prov RI -- will see where it goes from here.
Fun rock story about a girl named Annabelle that I imagine to be based on Coco Gordon-Moore / one of the girls from Smoosh. Really liked the family stuff, not so much the bully story, which seemed a little over-the-top.
I just couldn't get into it. It will fit some readers well, but not me!
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought It was awesome I want to read more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great MG book. I recommended it to 7th and 8th graders. I'm hoping it will end up in my media center soon. If a teacher wants in her school, there's no higher recommendation than that.
Good for 6th, in particular. good story. lots of music references. takes place in Providence.
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