I’m delighted to announce the release of my latest MG, a lightly illustrated new book that stars Alexander (one of the secondary characters in WORDQUAKE).
As some of you may know, I was once a music teacher, offering piano and guitar lessons from my home. ALEXANDER AND THE AMAZING WIDE-AWAKE was inspired by some interactions I once had with my students. Specifically, I had many students who came to lessons believing that whether or not they became musicians was entirely dependent on talent–not hard work. Their theory seemed to be that if playing music didn’t come naturally from the start, they would never learn to play well enough to join a garage band–or even enjoy the simple pleasure of playing for themselves.
We all know that while talent helps, it’s not everything. Students who show initial talent but no willingness to really work will soon be outpaced by those who are willing to put in extra effort.
With that in mind, I wrote ALEXANDER AND THE AMAZING WIDE-AWAKE. In this tale, Alexander has a magic hat–the greatest thinking cap of all time. With the hat on his head, everything is easy…until that awful day when–out of nowhere–the wide-awake breaks. Here, Alexander’s hat is a metaphor for talent. The point at which the hat breaks is the point at which mere talent stops being enough and Alexander has to dig deep and put his nose to the grindstone.
I hope this book (written with plenty of humor and featuring a fun “sockball” tournament) will help those of you who have students or children who are themselves faced with the monumental tasks of learning to study, learning an instrument, learning a sport. I hope this will help inspire them to discover the joys that accompany mastering a task that seems at first to be incredibly challenging or just plain scary.
ALEXANDER AND THE AMAZING WIDE-AWAKE can be purchased in paperback or read as an e-book exclusively on Amazon:
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Thanks as always–and happy reading!