Songs for a Teenage Nomad

What is the soundtrack of your life?

After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school…Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance…

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in – as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she’s hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Ben Franklin Awards 2008, Winner, “Best New Voice in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction” category

2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Winner, Young Adult Fiction category

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Note from the Author

“As a veteran high school teacher, I know how nice it is to have access to curriculum to go with a novel that I’m teaching, even if it means I’ll just choose a few things from the mix. The curriculum included on this site is designed to be flexible so you can choose to create a whole core unit with the novel, use it for independent reading, or simply grab the “song journal” project or discussion questions for a student who needs to do some extra work for you.”
– Kim Culbertson