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The Castle Blues Quake
THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE by Linda Covella
Children’s, Young Adult – Sci Fi / Fantasy
Tour Dates: October 14 – October 24, 2014
Blog Tour with Giveaway
12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.
While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.
Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park.
Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.
Pepper Connelly’s family move from New York City to Santa Cruz leaving her best friend and everything she knows behind. After a few days Pepper discovers a boy called Corey who is hiding in her garden shed while looking for his grandfather Boppie. Pepper thinks Corey is a friend that understands her and offers to help him, what she doesn’t realize are that Corey is a ghost.
While helping Corey locate his grandfather, Pepper meets a new friend and starts to settle into her new home. Pepper really wants to find Boppie for Corey but worries that if Corey is successful he leave town and she will have to say goodbye to another good friend.
This is a heartwarming story about family and friendship. Pepper feels lost after having to leave her best friend in New York so meeting Corey helps her to see that new friendships can be made. The characters are well written allowing a true understanding of how they feel. Corey’s sorrow and Peppers loneliness are easy to recognize but they are balanced with lighter moments that make a well-rounded story. The twist of Corey being a ghost is a unique touch that allowed for some truly funny moments.
This is a charming book that I would happily recommend for older children and teens alike
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Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.
Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle grade paranormal The Castle Blues Quake published by Beau Coup Publishing are her first novels.
She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.
You can find Linda at these links:
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