Thursday, September 20, 2012

Guitar Boy by Mary Jane Auch

Travis Tracy suddenly finds himself homeless.  His mom is in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury after a car accident.  His father cannot handle the financial and emotional stress and kicks Travis out of the house.  The only thing Travis has going for him is his love of music, which his mom once shared.  After his antique guitar is stolen, Travis talks his way into a job assisting a guitar maker.  Through the kindness of the guitar maker and the help of complete strangers, Travis finds a way to get through the tough times and to start the healing process of his broken family.  A truly heartwarming story.  If you like music, you will understand what satisfaction comes from pursuing your passion.  Guitar Boy is nominated for the 2012-2013 young adult Golden Sower Award.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ms. Hart works as a teacher in a Los Angeles high school.  As part of a creative writing class, students are assigned to write about what they would like to be famous for.  If they could get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for anything good that they have done or plan to do - what would they receive their star for?  A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is written in alternating chapters, each narrated by the different characters, as they examine their lives, their passions, and the obstacles that life presents.  As students sit down to write their final draft they begin to realize that anything is possible when you reach for the stars.  A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a nominee for the young adult Golden Sower Award.