I have a couple of announcements to make today and then a review to share with you.
First, hop on over to C. Lee McKenzie's blog, where she's participating in the A to Z Blog Fest. For her letter N she's spotlighted some New books, Life on Hold among them. Click here for the link.
Second, Life on Hold is spotlighted at YA Bound, with a chance to win a free paperback copy. Learn more here.
Now for A Boy Called Duct Tape. Just the title made me want to know more about this boy.
The author, Christopher Cloud, began writing fiction full time at the age of 66 after a long career in journalism and public relations. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by Sun Oil Company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. The game was sold at independent bookstores nationwide. He lives in Joplin, Missouri.
Now for the book.
A BOY CALLED DUCT TAPE Review
By Christopher Cloud
Most everyone dreams of finding a pirate’s treasure buried in a cave, or a sunken ship laden with gold and silver. Or perhaps you’ve dug in possible places where rumors say jewels and coins were hidden years ago by a train robbing bandit. So what would you do if you were lucky and discovered an ancient legend possibly was true? Or would you be lucky?
In author Christopher Cloud’s middle grade novel, A Boy Called Duct Tape, Pablo Perez faces such a dilemma. The story opens with Pablo, age 12, finding a $20 gold coin at the bottom of James Creek. He gives the coin to his little sister, Pia, and they go to the Media Center to learn about old coins. Guess what? A coin just like Pia’s is worth $6,250. Wow! What follows is an adventure complete with danger, suspense, and a cast of characters (including Earl and Burl Blood, Monroe Huff, and Kiki) that are not always what they seem and that add humor, along with suspense to the story. There’s also the “Legend of the Lost Treasure of Jesse James” to urge the young adventurers along on their quest to learn more about the coin’s origin. And more importantly, is there more treasure waiting in the mountains for the kids to discover? Vivid descriptions of the characters and the setting put the reader in the story, making him feel as if he’s right there with Pablo and friends and enemies.
Where does Pablo get the name Duct Tape? I’m glad you asked. But you’ll have to read the story for the answer. A Boy Called Duct Tape should appeal to middle grade male readers as well as female as they journey through earthquakes and floods and other obstacles to achieve their goal. The author also gives us a bit of history, as well as reminding us not to judge a person by their looks. A very enjoyable read.