“A perfect middle-grade love story.”
Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson
“A perfect summer read.”
★ School Library Journal
“Graceful and genuine.”
★ Publishers Weekly
Junior Library Guild selection
CCBC Choices selection
2019 Rainbow List book
2019 Illinois Reads selection
2019 Michigan Notable Book
2019-20 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee
2020 Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee
2021 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Nominee
Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat.
Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.
Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.
But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?
“Drum Roll, Please is a perfect middle-grade love story. Bigelow artfully captures the complexity of middle-school relationships and, with a gentle hand, delivers a mighty message to turn up the volume on your inner drumbeat.”
—Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson
★ “Fun and substantial, readable and empowering, this is a master class in balancing real issues with a light-hearted tone. Bigelow’s compassionate take on family, friendship, and first romance hits all the right notes. A perfect summer read for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer Holm.”
—School Library Journal
★ “Bigelow has a graceful and genuine touch as her protagonist processes new experiences and navigates changes in friendships and family.”
“Readers looking for an entertaining camp story, as well as fans of Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl or the Lumberjanes series, will get a kick out of this empowering book.”
“Fresh and exhilarating, a welcome addition to the growing middle-grade genre of girls who like girls.”
“A stunningly real story that had my eyes welling up with tears at points, laughing out loud at others.”
“I loved this book.”
–Danika Ellis, The Lesbrary
Cover art by Natalie Andrewson