Vin and the Dorky Duet by Maggie Lyons
Author: Maggie Lyons
Publishers: MuseItUp Publishing (e-book); Halo Publishing (paperback)
E-book ISBN: 978-1-77127-073-1
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-61244-091-0
Juvenile Fiction—Boys, Humor
Vin and the Dorky Duet is a fast-paced, rambunctious adventure story written for reluctant readers aged seven through twelve (elementary/middle-grade readers).
What’s the Story About?
The moment he walks through the door and sees the sharky grin on his older sister’s face, Vin suspects Meg is hatching a plot. He’s right. Worse still, he’s central to the outcome. Meg tells him that their music teachers, parents—everyone—expect him to play her duet for trumpet and piano at the upcoming student concert. Vin is horrified.
Meg insists that his only escape route is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place. She has the hunky Brad Stewart in mind, and she challenges Vin to introduce her to him. Vin doesn’t know Brad any better than Meg does, but Meg points out that Vin is in two classes at school with Brad’s nerdy brother. Eyeballs Stewart is the last person Vin wants to befriend until Meg’s promise of a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey changes the seventh-grader’s mind. He has five days to accomplish his mission—Operation BS—before the concert practice schedule kicks in.
His game plan, thwarted by exploding fish tanks, magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths, and other disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as Vin expects.
Vin and the Dorky Duet has received nothing but five-star reviews on Amazon.
Themes in the Book
Vin and the Dorky Duet is about perseverance, meeting challenges, and not judging others too quickly.
Paperback price: $9.95
E-book price: $3.50
About the Author
Maggie Lyons was born in Wales and very properly brought up in England before gravitating to Virginia’s coast. She zigzagged her way through a motley slew of careers from (unofficial) British spy to academic editor. Writing and editing nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction over the years, but nothing like the magic she has recently discovered in writing for kids. She hopes to encourage reluctant readers to turn more than a page or two.
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