Zebrafish Series

Zebrafish (Book #1)

by Sharon EmersonPeter H. ReynoldsFableVision

illustrations by Renée Kurilla

ISBN  9781416995258

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010

*Awards: 2010 Junior Library Guild Selection, RA Children's Choices 2011, Advanced Readers; 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts 2011

Vita is a purple-haired singing queen, and she has big dreams for her rock group, Zebrafish. But when she holds auditions for the back-up band, tryouts are sorely lacking in the musical ability department. Luckily her new bandmates—Walt, Tanya, Jay, and Plinko—have other talents. But lately Tanya has been missing a lot of rehearsals. When Vita discovers why, she realizes that the group can be about much more than one person, one band, or even one school. A concert won’t cure Tanya’s cancer or make her treatments any less painful, but, in their own way, Zebrafish can make a difference—and the tale of their unlikely success is sure to strike a chord with young readers looking to make their world a better place.

 


Zebrafish: SPF 40 (Book #2)

by Sharon EmersonPeter H. ReynoldsFableVision

illustrations by Renée Kurilla

ISBN  9781416997085

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013

Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out how to channel her lazy summer into something positive (with her dog Chimp’s help, of course). Walt and Jay convert an old ice cream truck into an awesomely painted (and fully wired) book mobile. And Plinko and Tanya inspire their campers at Stickleback Arts Camp to seize the day—Tanya takes a special interest in a camper with diabetes who’d rather hang out in the infirmary than participate in camp, while Plinko is preoccupied with his night vision goggles (leading campers to the bathroom night or day!).