Middle grade novels of history, adventure, comedy, and mystery
New this September!
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.
“With the birth of country music as his backdrop, a boy searches for music’s place in his family’s troubled history... The real history melds seamlessly with Nate’s family story, and the emotions ring true... A solid, worthwhile read.”
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.”