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Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing? Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure.


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Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing? Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure.

30 review for Jukebox

  1. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    Really great high concept for a coming of age graphic novel - time traveling through a supernatural jukebox and understanding the importance of music to history and family. The plot was a little sketchy at times - things weren't' fully explored or thought out and this graphic novel could have been a lot longer. In addition, the length didn't serve the characters who didn't much room to breathe and grow and their issues were often dealt with in a perfunctory manner. That said, this comic had a go Really great high concept for a coming of age graphic novel - time traveling through a supernatural jukebox and understanding the importance of music to history and family. The plot was a little sketchy at times - things weren't' fully explored or thought out and this graphic novel could have been a lot longer. In addition, the length didn't serve the characters who didn't much room to breathe and grow and their issues were often dealt with in a perfunctory manner. That said, this comic had a good message, a heart of gold, charming art, and some great music. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was the cutest graphic novel that I have read!! First, the pictures and colors allowed you to be right in the middle of the story. A girls dad mysteriously disappears. Can her and her cousin try to find him? Once they figure out how to go back in time using the jukebox and all.of her fathers favorite records, can they find him.or get lost in enjoying the music? To being able to be in front of James Brown at a concert. To be at a women's March at the time a record was being layer. This book This was the cutest graphic novel that I have read!! First, the pictures and colors allowed you to be right in the middle of the story. A girls dad mysteriously disappears. Can her and her cousin try to find him? Once they figure out how to go back in time using the jukebox and all.of her fathers favorite records, can they find him.or get lost in enjoying the music? To being able to be in front of James Brown at a concert. To be at a women's March at the time a record was being layer. This book doesnt come out until June 2021 but I would recommend it to anyone. Also a good read with your middle.schooler.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Potterhead Aanya

    WOW, the illustrations are breath-taking! The journey of Shaheen and Naz in time is beautifully described by Nidhi Chanani! The way those two wish to be like Nancy Drew and solve the mystery on their own and the bond between them is impeccable! I love the part where Naz finally plucks up the courage to tell her family that she is bi. This book is a must for all ages, and every single music geek on this earth! My rating 5 out of 5 stars (Wish I could give it more) FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG WOW, the illustrations are breath-taking! The journey of Shaheen and Naz in time is beautifully described by Nidhi Chanani! The way those two wish to be like Nancy Drew and solve the mystery on their own and the bond between them is impeccable! I love the part where Naz finally plucks up the courage to tell her family that she is bi. This book is a must for all ages, and every single music geek on this earth! My rating 5 out of 5 stars (Wish I could give it more) FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Nidhi's bright and colorful illustrations paired with her beautiful writing made this book a work of art I could not put down. I love the storyline and the companionship between the cousins. While the book ended wonderfully, it left me begging for a sequel and to see more of these characters in the future. This will be a hit in my library for 4th & 5th graders, and well beyond. My own 9th grader loved it as well. Nidhi's bright and colorful illustrations paired with her beautiful writing made this book a work of art I could not put down. I love the storyline and the companionship between the cousins. While the book ended wonderfully, it left me begging for a sequel and to see more of these characters in the future. This will be a hit in my library for 4th & 5th graders, and well beyond. My own 9th grader loved it as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    ARC courtesy of Netgalley and First Second. This graphic novel was a blast. Great artwork, wonderful music along with context and history, and a fun time travel plot make this a must read. In addition, it feature a bisexual character, and a diverse cast. Simply wonderful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    Twelve-year-old Shaheen's father loves vinyl records and she's tired of hearing about it. When he mysteriously disappears, she and her fifteen year old cousin Naz naturally look for him at his favorite record store. They find his broken glasses and a mysterious jukebox, which has the power to transport people to the back in time. Shaheen and Naz visit several important moments in Black American music history, searching for Shaheen's father. The art in this book is very lovely, but the story didn Twelve-year-old Shaheen's father loves vinyl records and she's tired of hearing about it. When he mysteriously disappears, she and her fifteen year old cousin Naz naturally look for him at his favorite record store. They find his broken glasses and a mysterious jukebox, which has the power to transport people to the back in time. Shaheen and Naz visit several important moments in Black American music history, searching for Shaheen's father. The art in this book is very lovely, but the story didn't quite land for me. It's a good concept, but I think the time travel took up so much page time I never felt like I really got to know any of the characters well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    Read via library.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    ARC courtesy of NetGalley. I'm a big fan of Nidhi Chanani's art (currently looking at 2 of her Disney prints hanging in my living room) so I was excited to read this. Jukebox is a charming graphic novel about a girl's relationship with her father told through the story of a magical jukebox. After her dad disappears, Shaheen takes her cousin along with her on a journey through time and music to find him. A love and appreciation for music, especially that tied to social justice movements, shines t ARC courtesy of NetGalley. I'm a big fan of Nidhi Chanani's art (currently looking at 2 of her Disney prints hanging in my living room) so I was excited to read this. Jukebox is a charming graphic novel about a girl's relationship with her father told through the story of a magical jukebox. After her dad disappears, Shaheen takes her cousin along with her on a journey through time and music to find him. A love and appreciation for music, especially that tied to social justice movements, shines through in the story. You'll want to listen to the curated playlist at the end of the book after reading -- I know I did! The art is so much fun too. It's a joy to see two young Bangladeshi American girls in such a wonderful graphic novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sunaina Rao

    A really sweet adventure about a magical jukebox and a girl's search for her father. I was originally drawn in by the prospect of a South Asian protagonist and was really happy with the representation. I would definitely buy this for any young person. The book sets up some great opportunities to explore historic events and the way music has influenced history. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. A really sweet adventure about a magical jukebox and a girl's search for her father. I was originally drawn in by the prospect of a South Asian protagonist and was really happy with the representation. I would definitely buy this for any young person. The book sets up some great opportunities to explore historic events and the way music has influenced history. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

  10. 4 out of 5

    After reading this book, now, I'm ready for some good oldie music. After reading this book, now, I'm ready for some good oldie music.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This was the cutest graphic novel that I have read!! First, the pictures and colors allowed you to be right in the middle of the story. A girls dad mysteriously disappears. Can her and her cousin try to find him? Once they figure out how to go back in time using the jukebox and all.of her fathers favorite records, can they find him.or get lost in enjoying the music? To being able to be in front of James Brown at a concert. To be at a women's March at the time a record was being layer. This book This was the cutest graphic novel that I have read!! First, the pictures and colors allowed you to be right in the middle of the story. A girls dad mysteriously disappears. Can her and her cousin try to find him? Once they figure out how to go back in time using the jukebox and all.of her fathers favorite records, can they find him.or get lost in enjoying the music? To being able to be in front of James Brown at a concert. To be at a women's March at the time a record was being layer. This book doesnt come out until June 2021 but I would recommend it to anyone. Also a good read with your middle.schooler.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kim

    I'm reviewing the ARC from Netgalley. I really liked Nidhi Chanani's other book, "Pashmina", so I'm a little disappointed that I don't like this one. I feel like the story is really disjointed with no real focus. Why are the girls time traveling to those exact events? What are they supposed to learn from it? This could have been a super fun book, but due to the lack of coherence, I just felt annoyed. I'm reviewing the ARC from Netgalley. I really liked Nidhi Chanani's other book, "Pashmina", so I'm a little disappointed that I don't like this one. I feel like the story is really disjointed with no real focus. Why are the girls time traveling to those exact events? What are they supposed to learn from it? This could have been a super fun book, but due to the lack of coherence, I just felt annoyed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sunil

    Nidhi Chanani, one of my favorite local artists, follows up her wonderful debut, Pashmina , which was about an Indian girl who travels to India with a magical shawl, with Jukebox, which is about an Indian girl who travels through time with a magical jukebox. Is this gonna be her thing? It's a good thing. This book doesn't have quite as much complexity and depth as Pashmina, but, my goodness, the art is so goddamn jubilant and colorful in this one, and Chanani has a very clear grasp of graphic Nidhi Chanani, one of my favorite local artists, follows up her wonderful debut, Pashmina , which was about an Indian girl who travels to India with a magical shawl, with Jukebox, which is about an Indian girl who travels through time with a magical jukebox. Is this gonna be her thing? It's a good thing. This book doesn't have quite as much complexity and depth as Pashmina, but, my goodness, the art is so goddamn jubilant and colorful in this one, and Chanani has a very clear grasp of graphic novel storytelling, with effective uses of splash pages and especially dividing pages for each album. Because, you see, Shaheen is looking for her music-obsessed father with the help of her cousin, and they stumble upon a jukebox that plays entire ALBUMS...and transports you back to the time it was released. Chanani quite deliberately chooses only music from Black artists, who've historically been the innovators of music despite not getting the credit, which goes to the more popular white artists, but apart from the explicit mention of that happening to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, she doesn't put too fine a point on it. The time travel mayhem is inherently fun, and the girls attempt to figure out the rules as they search for Shaheen's (white) dad. The narrative ends up being fairly simple, satisfying enough for young readers, though I would have preferred a few more complications. The real point, in any case, is the relationship between Shaheen and her father, and how music both tears them apart and brings them together. I appreciated the small character notes of queerness and disability in this comic for young readers, which are not the focus of the story but make it richer and more relatable. Overall, it's a fun read, especially if you ask Alexa to play you the appropriate music as you time travel with these girls.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    Oh my gosh, this was such a refreshing take on time travel that also incorporated the importance of family and a love of music. This story follows Shaheen who teams up with her cousin Tannaz to find Shaheen’s father after he mysteriously disappears. It’s typical of Shaheen’s father to lose track of time when he is listening to music or tracking down hard to find vinyl, but this is different. He never just ignores Shaheen’s text messages and phone calls. Shaheen and Tannaz end up finding a time tr Oh my gosh, this was such a refreshing take on time travel that also incorporated the importance of family and a love of music. This story follows Shaheen who teams up with her cousin Tannaz to find Shaheen’s father after he mysteriously disappears. It’s typical of Shaheen’s father to lose track of time when he is listening to music or tracking down hard to find vinyl, but this is different. He never just ignores Shaheen’s text messages and phone calls. Shaheen and Tannaz end up finding a time traveling jukebox and embark on a magical adventure that follows different musicians in different eras in order to find Shaheen’s father. They must work quickly though before they run out of time. This was such an unexpected surprise of a story. Even though there are some lighthearted moments with Shaheen and Tannaz are enjoying the music of the different eras, there are definitely quite a few social topics that the author addresses really well (the feminist movement, sexuality, immigration, racial identity, etc). I loved the mystery aspect of this story, and the fact that there were very real consequences for altering history when time traveling. I really enjoyed Shaheen as a character since she’s determined and passionate, but I think watching her learn about how much she underestimated both her cousin’s and father’s love for her was probably one of the best parts about the book. Overall, this is a great story that I think young readers will enjoy getting lost in. Thank you to First Second Books for providing a review copy through NetGalley. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I'm not really a comic book/picture book/graphic novel reader. But I do read them once in a blue moon and due to my reserved taste in them, the ones I do read end up being really beautiful and gorgeously drawn and features some uniquely crafted stories. This book is one such comic book. Jukeboxes that can play an entire album on vinyl records are a rare breed. Jukeboxes that takes you to the time the songs were released? Unique and one of a kind. In JUKEBOX, Nidhi Chanani gives us a heartwarming t I'm not really a comic book/picture book/graphic novel reader. But I do read them once in a blue moon and due to my reserved taste in them, the ones I do read end up being really beautiful and gorgeously drawn and features some uniquely crafted stories. This book is one such comic book. Jukeboxes that can play an entire album on vinyl records are a rare breed. Jukeboxes that takes you to the time the songs were released? Unique and one of a kind. In JUKEBOX, Nidhi Chanani gives us a heartwarming tale of music, and the bonds between sisters and father-daughter. When Shahi's father goes missing after an argument with her, 12yo Shahi, guilt-ridden, ventures on a search to find her dad with her older cousin, 15yo Naz. Together, they visit some of the history-making times of USA and become witnesses to history being made. I finished it in one sitting and only because it's a short book but doesn't mean it doesn't contain a richly sketched, vastly researched, and heartwarmingly narrated the story of a 12yo who is determined to find her dad. Recommended 100% Thank you NetGalley and First Second Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    I thought this was super cute! I loved the familial bonds, the music history, and the time travel aspects. Music really connects us all! We even get some queer (bi) rep, too. I would’ve liked to learn a little bit more about each of the characters — like Tannaz’s ear problem — but there was still enough development to be able to relate to the characters. The flashbacks were a nice touch. Thank you First Second Books and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. In stores June 23!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    Now this is an adventure that I would love to take! You know minus the sad circumstances that made these kids begin the adventure. Imagine being drawn into a jukebox that transports you through time and space to when the song/album you're listening to was originally released. Imagine the history that would unfold before your eyes and therefore see your love exponentially multiplying due to the understanding of the significance of the music!! Now this is an adventure that I would love to take! You know minus the sad circumstances that made these kids begin the adventure. Imagine being drawn into a jukebox that transports you through time and space to when the song/album you're listening to was originally released. Imagine the history that would unfold before your eyes and therefore see your love exponentially multiplying due to the understanding of the significance of the music!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Porter

    Just finished reading a digital preview copy of Jukebox and absolutely loved it. The characters, illustrations, and storyline were all filled with fun and excitement. The shared love of music binds generations and the span of time covered by the travels in this book is a veritable treasure trove of classics. Can't wait to share this one with my students. Just finished reading a digital preview copy of Jukebox and absolutely loved it. The characters, illustrations, and storyline were all filled with fun and excitement. The shared love of music binds generations and the span of time covered by the travels in this book is a veritable treasure trove of classics. Can't wait to share this one with my students.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric Rosswood

    I love music, time travel, activism, history, and graphic novels. This book had it all! A fun, fast paced read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mateen Mahboubi

    A graphic novel that ties music and social movements. Full of time travel and improving connections with family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved this highly anticipated graphic novel! This may win awards! 2 girls time travel to find their dad! This book mixes music with important historic events! Highly recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    Twelve-year old Shaheen and her father have always been connected through music, but lately his interest in record-collecting borders on obsession. When he doesn’t come home one evening, Shahi and her teenaged cousin Tannaz sneak into his favorite music shop to look for clues. In the attic, they discover a rare jukebox that plays whole records … and transports the listener to the album’s time period, for just as long as the side plays. Shahi realizes that her dad may be trapped in another era, u Twelve-year old Shaheen and her father have always been connected through music, but lately his interest in record-collecting borders on obsession. When he doesn’t come home one evening, Shahi and her teenaged cousin Tannaz sneak into his favorite music shop to look for clues. In the attic, they discover a rare jukebox that plays whole records … and transports the listener to the album’s time period, for just as long as the side plays. Shahi realizes that her dad may be trapped in another era, unable to return home. But traveling back and forth in their quest to find him has serious consequences, and the girls know they are running out of time to bring everyone home safely. I am not typically a big fan of time travel, but it works here. I especially loved Chanani's depiction of each era's color palette and fashions. The plentiful music references and iconic album covers are complemented by a Playlist at the book’s close, perfect inspiration for budding music lovers!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Read in the

    I thought the premise of this book was so creative. Two cousins go looking for a lost father, discovering he was missing due to a time machine-jukebox hybrid. Pros: - Loved the diverse representation is culture and characters. - Illustrations were bold and engaging. - Loved the correlations between music and historical events (lots to use here in a classroom setting) Cons: -The plot felt a bit disjointed. -The time-traveling experiences are fun, especially to see the culture, music and clothing of I thought the premise of this book was so creative. Two cousins go looking for a lost father, discovering he was missing due to a time machine-jukebox hybrid. Pros: - Loved the diverse representation is culture and characters. - Illustrations were bold and engaging. - Loved the correlations between music and historical events (lots to use here in a classroom setting) Cons: -The plot felt a bit disjointed. -The time-traveling experiences are fun, especially to see the culture, music and clothing of a certain time period. But they might seem repetitive to younger readers. -One the other hand, when they finally find the dad (spoiler) at the end, the record store owner seems to get upset instantly and for no good reason. Then the build-up is over and solved with-in a few pages. I am wondering if the climax of the book should have been the reuniting of Shahi and her dad, without the introduction of a secondary problem so close to the end of the book. Or perhaps the evil genius of a record shop owner could have been better alluded to earlier in the book so it wasn't such a throw-in near the end. I also found that the throw-in of 2 random book titles (who I am SURE have a connection to the author's life) to be a bit out of place and obvious. Kind of like the placement of products in a TV show for the strict purpose of advertisement.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristel (hungryandhappy)

    While I really adored the art, I found the characters, especially the MC a bit annoying in how she interacted with everyone around her. She's very young, so that plays a very huge part in it, and she whines a lot and is pretty selfish most times. But she learns to listen to others and grows in such a few pages. The time travelling jukebox was such a fun idea, going back to when and where the vinyl was being played in the past. The two girls sure went on fun adventures, even with things not always While I really adored the art, I found the characters, especially the MC a bit annoying in how she interacted with everyone around her. She's very young, so that plays a very huge part in it, and she whines a lot and is pretty selfish most times. But she learns to listen to others and grows in such a few pages. The time travelling jukebox was such a fun idea, going back to when and where the vinyl was being played in the past. The two girls sure went on fun adventures, even with things not always going according to plan. This was a good read with a very diverse cast and a bi side character.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Jukebox is quite a trip...a trip back in time! Cousins Shaheen and Tannaz are on a search for Shaheen's dad. He's gone missing without a trace! As they visit his typical haunts, they discover that the owner of the local record shop, Earl, is also missing. The girls venture into the record shop and discover a one-of-a-kind Jukebox that just might be the key to finding Shaheen's dad. The special bond between Shaheen and her dad and the struggles that they're facing as Shaheen is growing up make for Jukebox is quite a trip...a trip back in time! Cousins Shaheen and Tannaz are on a search for Shaheen's dad. He's gone missing without a trace! As they visit his typical haunts, they discover that the owner of the local record shop, Earl, is also missing. The girls venture into the record shop and discover a one-of-a-kind Jukebox that just might be the key to finding Shaheen's dad. The special bond between Shaheen and her dad and the struggles that they're facing as Shaheen is growing up make for a realistic and encouraging story about building bridges and reconnecting with those we love. I loved that the author, Nidhi Chanani, includThe special bond between Shaheen and her dad and the struggles that they're facing as Shaheen is growing up make for a realistic and encouraging story about building bridges and reconnecting with those we love.ed titles of YA books that Shaheen loves like Angie Thomas's On the Come Up and Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl. There is also a playlist in the back of the book to help readers feel like they are in the story with Shaheen and Tannaz. Overall, 5/5 stars for this

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chelka Posladek

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Am I the only one who had issues with the ending? It seems like Shaheen's dad started using the jukebox without asking permission. And yet, the guy who owns the jukebox (Earl) gets blamed for causing this family trauma. I get that he unplugged the jukebox and trapped Shaheen's dad (and himself) in the past. But everyone was using his store and his stuff without his permission. And it seems like he was using this awesome time travel to help himself economically. Let's be honest: owning a retail s Am I the only one who had issues with the ending? It seems like Shaheen's dad started using the jukebox without asking permission. And yet, the guy who owns the jukebox (Earl) gets blamed for causing this family trauma. I get that he unplugged the jukebox and trapped Shaheen's dad (and himself) in the past. But everyone was using his store and his stuff without his permission. And it seems like he was using this awesome time travel to help himself economically. Let's be honest: owning a retail store in this day and age isn't guaranteed to bring you economic stability. He discovered he could bring in old records and get a ton of money for them. But instead of everyone praising his scrappy inventiveness, he's punished for "stealing" from the past. He has to give back his records, stop using his jukebox, and help everyone else. So what does he get out of it? I felt like Earl drew the short straw and it made me uncomfortable. I liked the first part of the story well enough. The art is great and the concept was fun. But the end was a downer for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Jukebox is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani. Shaheen's dad is missing and the music, which bonded them over the years, now seems to be the cause of their separation. Music links 12-year-old Bangladeshi American Shaheen to her white father, but her dad's growing obsession with the topic is also becoming a source of contention in the family. When he doesn't return home one night, Shaheen and her Indian mother grow worried. She is convinced that the record store Shahi’s dad fr Jukebox is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani. Shaheen's dad is missing and the music, which bonded them over the years, now seems to be the cause of their separation. Music links 12-year-old Bangladeshi American Shaheen to her white father, but her dad's growing obsession with the topic is also becoming a source of contention in the family. When he doesn't return home one night, Shaheen and her Indian mother grow worried. She is convinced that the record store Shahi’s dad frequents holds answers, Shahi and her 15-year-old cousin Tannaz slip inside an open alleyway window to get inside. In the attic, they discover a mysterious jukebox that can play a full album, and when Naz puts on a Bessie Smith record, she and Shahi are transported to the year 1929, where they encounter a Lindy Hop contest at the Savoy. Realizing that the jukebox sends them to the same era as the tunes it’s playing, Shahi and Naz begin their search for Shahi’s father, traveling from one great music era to the next. Jukebox is written and constructed rather well. With a rich color palette, vivid historical details, and funny rapport between the cousins, Chanani writes a love letter to music through the decades, visually twining the albums with important historical events. All in all, Jukebox is a captivating and lyrical graphic novel about music throughout history with a nifty playlist for those who would want to experience the music first-hand.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    What a magical, fun book! I loved everything about it: the text, the illustrations, the colors, even the shading was just amazing. I also loved seeing all the diversity in the characters. However, there were a few little things that didn’t make sense. Like how did Gio find the jukebox in the first place, because Earl didn’t tell him about it? It seemed like Gio and Earl were friendly with each other so why would Earl do something drastic like trap Gio in the past? And if Earl built the time mach What a magical, fun book! I loved everything about it: the text, the illustrations, the colors, even the shading was just amazing. I also loved seeing all the diversity in the characters. However, there were a few little things that didn’t make sense. Like how did Gio find the jukebox in the first place, because Earl didn’t tell him about it? It seemed like Gio and Earl were friendly with each other so why would Earl do something drastic like trap Gio in the past? And if Earl built the time machine jukebox wouldn’t he have realized that unplugging it while it was playing would take him back in time, and also trap him in the past? Why were Gio’s glasses broken? The girls found his broken glasses on the floor by the stairs at the beginning of the story which prompted them to go upstairs. So he broke his glasses and went upstairs in the owner’s area of the shop? I still loved this, but there were a few things that needed to be straightened out. Thanks to NetGalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    A quick and fun graphic novel that meshes music history with mystery. Thanks again to NetGalley and First Second for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This book follows two cousins looking for their missing father/uncle by way of a time traveling...Jukebox? 🎶💿 It brings them into a different time in history based on the music that is playing. I found it very entertaining and interesting, wanting to know if the two could figure out the mystery before they ran out of time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mariam

    Netgalley ARC 12-year-old Shaheen shares a special bond with her father through his love of music but lately she’s noticed that is where their relationship begins and ends. When her father suddenly goes missing Shaheen and her cousin, Naz, set off to look for him at his favorite record store. When they find an old jukebox in the attic of the store, they find out it does more than just play music and they are suddenly transported to the era of the great depression and Bessie Smith is about to take Netgalley ARC 12-year-old Shaheen shares a special bond with her father through his love of music but lately she’s noticed that is where their relationship begins and ends. When her father suddenly goes missing Shaheen and her cousin, Naz, set off to look for him at his favorite record store. When they find an old jukebox in the attic of the store, they find out it does more than just play music and they are suddenly transported to the era of the great depression and Bessie Smith is about to take the stage. Realizing her father must be lost in one of the records Naz and Shaheen time hop from album to album looking for Shaheen’s dad. Facing their fears and discovering more about music and history brings these cousins closer than they’ve ever been. Chanani’s story is original and her art style, even more so. Reader’s will be able to relate to these cousins through the story line but also through the imagery that jumps off the page.

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