While the premise of Noteworthy seems outrageous at first look, Riley Redgate’s quick pacing and complex and relatable characterization let me easily suspend my disbelief. It’s a story about the friendship between protagonist Jordan and her a cappella bandmates, each rendered as fully-developed and likable characters with compelling backstories; about the rivalry between her group and another on campus; and about Jordan’s discovery of the truth of herself through disguise. Thoughtful, sweet, and surprisingly funny, I highly recommend this book.— Abby
A New York Public Library 2017 Best Books for Teens selected title
It's the start of Jordan Sun's junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she's an Alto 2, which--in the musical theatre world--is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody's falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it's no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington's elite a cappella octet. Worshiped . . . revered . . . all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.
About the Author
Riley Redgate graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with a degree in economics. Noteworthy is her second novel. She currently lives and writes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit the author at rileyredgate.com.