My Children's Book Month Featuring Blues Bones by Rick Starkey
May is my children's book month highlighting four of the best new releases for your summer reading fun. This week's feature is for BLUES BONES by Rick Starkey.
Thirteen-year-old Rodney Becker has found the perfect cure for stage fright. Voodoo!
Armed with the stolen finger bones of a dead blues guitar player and a mishmash of voodoo spells from the Internet, he and his best friend enter a graveyard at midnight to perform their ritual. Now, all that stands in his way of winning a local guitar competition is the power of RETURN – a side effect of the voodoo that spells disaster for Rodney.
His cure has become a curse. How else can he explain jamming his finger so bad he can't hold a guitar pick, his part-time dad stealing his guitar, and his mom getting into an accident that could have taken her life?
How much is Rodney willing to risk to achieve his dream of being a guitar legend?
Rick Starkey is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. His main interest is writing novels for middle grade. Rick has sold short pieces to Highlights for Children including a game, magic tricks, and a short story.
Knowing that most writers often wish that they had started their career earlier in life, Rick taught a basic course for the Talented and Gifted Program (T.A.G.) at Walter’s State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. Rick’s students learn the basics of magazine submissions including cover and query letters, market research, and manuscript preparation. The T.A.G. program is for students grades 5 – 8 and come from seven counties in East Tennessee.
Rick lives in a 200-year-old log cabin in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where he and his wife, Betty, own and run Make It Magic, a magic shop and craft store. A day in Rick’s life includes recommending and performing magic tricks for customers of all ages, carving a bear from a log with a chainsaw, and working on his next novel.
At one time or another, all kids are faced with wanting something so bad that they are willing to make any deal to get it. The main character, Rodney, in Blues Bones is no different. He wants to win a guitar competition, but a full case of stage fright is keeping him from his dream. Enter the best friend with an idea that might just save Rodney's dream, and things start going from bad to worse.
This is Rick Starkey's first novel, and I absolutely loved it. The plotting was consistent, and the character development, laced with the author's knowledge and love of music, had me rooting for Rodney from the start. The story line with its twists and turns, and the added mystery of whether or not a spell might just help Rodney succeed makes this a page turner. This is a must for your summer reading adventures.
Join me next week for a brand new novel from one of my favorite