Grady is skateboarding toward a major decision
No longer able to live with his grandmother, fifteen-year-old Grady Grennan has to find a new address. one option is to move in with his mentally disabled half brother, Louie, in Seattle. But that poses a problem: Louie's adoptive mother, Vickie, and Grady are about as compatible as Mozart and heavy metal.
Nevertheless, Grady's testing the waters. He's in Seattle for a concert tribute to his and Louie's mother, a grunge rock icon who died three years ago. Grady has been invited to speak at the tribute, but what is he supposed to say to thousands of adoring fans about a mother who abandoned her sons in favor of a musical career?
Both humorous and deeply moving, Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star poses challenging, provocative questions to all sorts of readers cynics, liberals, slackers, and rock stars included.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Randy Powell is the author of five novels, including Dean Duffy and Is Kissing a Girl Who Smokes Like Licking an Ashtray?, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Reading Group Guide
Discussion Questions for
Tribute to Another
Dead Rock Star
n When you see a learning-disabled person
like Louie, how do you react? Grady and Vickie
have very different ideas about how Louie
should be treated, although they both care
about his welfare. Contrast their methods and
describe them in action. Which style do you
think is better for Louie? In what ways does he
n Grady is facing a big decision about where
he is going to live in the coming year. He has
four alternatives. What are the advantages and
the drawbacks of each? Which would you
choose if you were Grady? When you are faced
with a confusing choice about your future,
what do you do to help yourself decide?
n A novel always centers on a conflict,
which is eventually resolved near the end of
the story. In this book, the conflict is between
Grady's positive and negative memories and
feelings about his mother and his indecision
about what he is going to say about her at
the concert. Find some quotes that illustrate
his confusion. At what point is this conflict
resolved? What does Mitch say or do to
contribute to that resolution? Mindy? Dave
Davis? Dr. Prescott? Vickie? Louie?
n Grady wonders, "Why is it so important
to me, both to have something of her in me
and to be as unlike her as possible?" [p. 187]
What are the ways he wants to be like and
unlike his mother? Why did Debbie wait in
line at the ferry to go to Lopez Island on the
last night of her life? How do both Mitch and
Grady express the same longing?
n Mitch says about living with a family,
"You have to put up with them and they have
to put up with you, and sometimes it's a
pain in the butt." [p. 208] In other words,
compromise is necessary. What compromises
do Vickie and Grady offer each other at the
end of the story? What else is necessary for
mutual respect, and what does Vickie say to
make this possible?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Grady Grennan's mother was a famous rock star who died of a drug overdose. After being invited to speak at a tribute concert for his mother, Grady struggles to come to terms with his conflicted feelings about her. Meanwhile, he skateboards, spends time with his mentally disabled brother and gets into constant arguments with his ultra-religious step-mother.
In the novel, Tribute to Another Dead Rockstar, Grady is the son of a dead rockstar. Grady has to talk at a tribute concert that is being held in his mother¿s memory. What can you say about a Rock N¿ Roll messiah that hasn¿t already been said? For the tribute Grady has to go to Seattle for the weekend, which means he¿s going to get to see his half brother Louie. Although along with Louie comes his new Step-Mom Vickie. Vickie is a preachy Catholic who won¿t stop nagging on Grady until she has submitted to her will. Grady And Vickie usually get into arguments that last a whole weekend. The stage is set for one final battle of Grady versus Vickie Some things that I liked about this book were how Grady was an easy character to relate to. Grady has to have the last word in every conversation just like myself. Grady has to be very patient with his brother Louie because he is kind of slow. I have four-year-old neighbor who can be kind of annoying and you have to be patient with. Some things that I didn¿t like were how the book was kind of predictable. I also didn¿t like how Grady kept doing the same rebellious things over and over again.
this book is was a great book for me because im a person who hates to read. most books take 2 or 3 chapters to get interesting but this one was from the start. i recomend this book to teenage boys.
i wonder y i never heard of this book b4 its really good. i never even heard of the author until one day at the library picking ne book of the shelf. well my main point is that this book totally rocks. its touching and does make ur eyes water at a few parts. a definite must read!
This was a really good book. It has a good story with issues that some people wouldn't come across. Though it is most deffinitially for more mature readers because of language and some ideas all together, I enjoyed it!