“Struts & Frets will feel instantly authentic to anyone who’s ever felt the pride and shame of being an outsider” — Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother

Told in a voice that’s honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.

When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?


“Skovron perfectly captures that passion—sometimes fierce, sometimes shy—that drives so many young artists to take the raw stuff of life and transform it into something beautiful.”
— Washington Post Book World

“breezy, immensely readable, and is told in a convincing and often-insightful teen voice…it’s surprising that there aren’t more YA novels with this kind of solid indie cred.”
— Booklist

“This debut novel will find an audience not just with music fans, but also with those who appreciate a good coming-of-age story.”
— School Library Journal

“Deftly executed, this debut novel hits a few high notes and handily avoids falling flat.”
— Kirkus