Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Here's hoping your weekend was all that you hoped it would be and then some, in the best way possible, and that Monday is treating you right. Poor Monday; it gets such a bad rap...or in this case, beat.
Today, we're shining the light on an ebook title that came to my attention thanks to Pam at Aurora Publicity. It's a Middle Grade Historical Fiction novel, but we're not talking ancient times...merely 60 some odd years ago. Wow...okay, when I type that, it seems MUCH longer than in my head, but still, "historical" is interpreted differently by every reader. Anywho, back to the title at hand. It's a curious read to say the least, but when have I ever REALLY said the least and left it at that...yeah, exactly. Ladies and gents, cool cats and hipsters of today, join me as we discover today's ebook of choice...
Dragon Moon Press
About the book...
The last thing eleven-year-old Ruby Tabeata expected to happen on her way to a Jack Kerouac reading was to be hauled to the police station.
It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of Beat Generation artists in Greenwich Village.
Ruby dreams of meeting famous poets while becoming one herself; instead, she’s accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and is forced to live in a children’s home. As Ruby struggles to return to family and friends, she learns her only choice is to follow her heart.
In the end, I caught Ruby's beat like a bird does the winds of change. The author does a great job of breathing life into her characters and it allowed Ruby's voice to come through loud and clear. Though hipster now, it was Beat back then, and while the style may not always appeal, the message transcends any generational gaps. A must read for Middle Grade fans of all ages wanting a glimpse into our not-so-distant past as well as a way to feel that hum, that vibration in the air that moved so many to speak out, be heard, and affect the world around them.
About the author...
Jenna Zark is a columnist, lyricist, playwright, and novelist. Her play A Body of Water was published by Dramatists Play Service and produced regionally after its debut at Circle Repertory Company in New York. Other plays were produced in the Twin Cities, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and St. Louis. As a former staff writer at Scholastic Choices magazine, Zark wrote extensively for middle school and junior high students. Columns, poetry, essays, and articles have been published in TC Jewfolk, Stoneboat literary magazine, Minnesota Bride and numerous other publications. Zark is also a member of a lyricist’s collective in the Twin Cities that performs at local cabarets. She’s still trying to figure out if it’s harder to write a play, a novel, or a song.
Special thank to Pam at Aurora Publicity for the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or those titles on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so seek thee out a copy at your favorite online or virtual retailer.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!