Middle grade novels of history, adventure, comedy, and mystery
Lord of the Mountain
Country music has deep roots, and one of the deepest was a legendary series of 1927 recording sessions in the little town of Bristol, Tennessee. In Lord of the Mountain, the sessions are witnessed by thirteen-year-old Nate Owens. Nate’s father is a sad, wild-eyed preacher, and his mother hides a secret melody that drives Nate into the mountains, where he joins the Carter Family and discovers the heart of American music.
“This remarkable novel deftly winds history and fiction together in a compelling and moving story of music and identity.... Kidd crafts a voice and a journey that is, like the Carter Family’s songs, both old and new, rooted in tradition yet fresh and distinct.... A must-have for school and public library collections.”
School Library Journal (starred)
New in paperback
On Beale Street
When Johnny Ross hears the blues for the first time, he has no way of knowing that his life is about to change. Living in Memphis in 1954 means that Johnny’s world is completely segregated—until he decides to go to Beale Street to get more of the blues. There he meets a young man named Elvis Presley, and the lines in his black-and-white existence begin to blur.
“Kidd portrays the music scene with the enthusiasm of a blues fan while mining the layers of racism in a town where ‘there was black. There was white. But there was never gray.’ ...Johnny’s journey of self-discovery is rooted in a vividly described setting and well-drawn characters.”