Frequently Asked Questions: Musical Youth

Thought I’d do a post about Musical Youth FAQs

Copies of Musical Youth were presented to students at the Antigua State College.

Copies of Musical Youth were presented to students at the Antigua State College.

What’s your book about?

Via publisher Caribbean Reads: Music, Discovery, Love. Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime? Zahara is a loner. She’s brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn’t really fit in. Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her. They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka’s life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew. When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project. But the Crew gets much more than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara’s families and they’re forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Musical Youth placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Shorter answer: Girl meets boy. They bond over music and go on a wonderful summer adventure involving friends, family, blossoming love, music and other musical theatre lovers, growing into their strengths in the process.

Where’s it available?

It can be available anywhere, bookstores just have to order it and you can help with that, as noted here. And of course you can order it online from anywhere in the world.

How much does it cost?

Check with your local bookstore and online retailers.

Which age group can read this book?

I would say its strongest appeal would be the pre-teen all the way through late teen group. But I know from reader reviews that adults are enjoying it as well. Spoiler alert: there’s nothing too scandalous in there but it does deal with the journey of a group of teens, and two teens in particular, so teenage drama ahead.

I want a signed copy.

Okay, technically this isn’t a question but I do get it a lot. Obviously, if I’m not where you are this will prove to be a bit of a challenge. Best of Books in Antigua which hosted my launch in November 2014, they have signed copies.good turnout For everyone else, if I’m coming to an event in your area, I’ll be sure to post it so that you can come out and get your signed copies or bring your copy for signing. So, following the blog or liking the facebook page might be the best way to keep up with all that.

Thanks for asking.

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