A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
All Together Now addresses issues of creativity, inspiration, friendship, and procrastination. It offers opportunities to discuss dating and developing new interests.
Middle-school is a time for exploring your identity. Artists make many mistakes before they discover their personal style.
Positive Role Models
Bina is interested in music, but she's very insecure about her abilities. She feels an attraction toward her best friend, Austin, but doesn't know what to do about it. She's easily hurt but has compassion for others.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bina and Austin explore dating, but they mostly hold hands and kiss gently. Austin's sister makes out with her boyfriend, but they're not shown kissing. Darcy and Enzo also kiss off-panel.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bina's older brother admits that he's smoked weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Together Now is a graphic novel about middle-grade musicians struggling to work together. Creator Hope Larson continues the story begun in All Summer Long. The story focuses on the challenges of being a solo artist or being a part of a rock trio. There's no violence and only a hint of strong language ("pissed," "sucks"). Bina and Austin start dating -- holding hands and kissing gently. Two other couples are a little more hands on, but they're not shown making out. There's a mention of marijuana, but no one partakes. Bina is biracial, and the supporting cast is very diverse.
Is It Any Good?
Music can be private or revealing, and this lively and heartwarming volume captures the highs and lows of making satisfying art and discovering who you really are. Writer-illustrator Hope Larson delivers a well-told follow-up to All Summer Long, continuing Bina's musical adventures in sunny Southern California. Bina can be overdramatic, but she's a winning presence -- sweet but knowing, loving toward her family and loyal to her friends, even if they don't offer the same level of support in return. Aimed primarily at middle-grade girls, All Together Now can still appeal to a wide range of readers.
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