My book for young readers is called "Babysitter Blues" and is about a fourteen-year-old boy named Evan.
Evan feels like there's no tomorrow. He's trapped in an unending cycle of babysitting his much younger half-siblings while his mom juggles work and classes. He has little memory of his father, who died when he was young, and his mother has just divorced the stepfather to whom he had grown close. A gang of bullies at his school delights in tormenting him. But a sympathetic English teacher and a new friend, Nava, help him to see that sometimes what seems to be a hopeless situation really isn't.
Evan's ability to make up poems on the spot gives him some leverage with the kids, but when Nava and her family share some ideas on spirituality, he becomes more aware of his own true spiritual nature.
As Evan learns to apply these ideas to his situation he eventually see his siblings and his Mom in a different light, and gains some perspective on his father's death. This story is inspired by the principals of the Baha'i Faith.
This is my first book for children of middle school age and I am excited to have it available at Amazon.com as an ebook, but feel that it would be beneficial to have it available in print as well. I would love for my three granddaughters to be able to hold the book in their hands!
I wrote and illustrated "Babysitter Blues," and hope we can produce a quality print version of the book. I enjoyed writing the name poems that Evan makes up in the book, and the harmonica song "Babysitter Blues" that Dani makes up to taunt Evan will be expanded and recorded so I can offer it as a reward. I will do the singing and guitar playing, with my husband playing harmonica!
If you'd like a preview of the book, you can read the first chapter here.
Risks and challenges
The ebook has already been published through One Voice Press, and they will be handling production of the print book as well. Everything is ready to go except the funding, so there really are no obstacles to success aside from reaching our funding goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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