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Review: Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

They say music transports you, but nothing like the magical jukebox Shaheen finds. Jukebox is a sweet graphic novel about family which features time travel! While it seems to be a standalone, I can see it being a great jumping off place for next installments! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


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 look at 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 to 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


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Jukebox is one of those graphic novels where I can’t get over how fun the premise is. Not only do jukeboxes bring on all the nostalgia, but the idea of being transported in time? Love it. But what I ended up loving even more was the relationship between Shaheen and her cousin, Tannaz. Chanani weaves together a story about friendship and family. Jukebox is able to both touch upon the dangers of time travel, and the ways we can’t steal from history, with conversations about family and regret.

Grounded in Shaheen’s relationship with her cousin, there are so many elements to love in Jukebox. If you, like me, loved the idea of a time traveling jukebox and are eager to see other conversations about family and responsibility, then you’ll have to check out Jukebox. It works for readers of all ages as starting points for conversation, and also as an entertaining timey wimey story!

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