Monday, January 08, 2007

Ricky Muddle

For my second blog of 2007, I thought I would tell you all about my other finished children’s book. Especially, as my friends were so kind and supportive about GRID OF LIGHT.

RICKY MUDDLE is approximately 8500 words and a boys’ real-life, adventure story, targeted at the 7 - 9 age group. It is planned to be the first in a series of books featuring ten-year-old Ricky Muddle and his family.

Josie, his younger sister and his best friend Paul, are the innocent victims of Ricky’s complicated schemes to acquire money. Ricky has told everyone he’s going to get the new Psyclops III game for his birthday. When he discovers all his parents have bought him is a crummy jumper, he sets about trying to earn the money to buy the game himself, with disastrous consequences.

Not only does he lose his sister’s rabbit, Jasper, he also ends up in hospital with a stone stuck in his ear. One thing’s for certain, nothing ever runs smoothly for Ricky Muddle. When Josie, tells his Nan he’s been to hospital with a dire ear, she panics and thinks he’s been poisoned.

Ricky is oblivious to the effect his schemes have on other people and could be described as a cross between William Brown and Judy Moody.


Wilf said...

Anita, this sounds great! Have you tried Walker books and racing reads for 7-9, 4 stories of 2000 words each with a strong linking character??

Anonymous said...

Hey, is that guy at the Roberto-Venn school that you randomly messaged.

It's in Phoenix.


Anonymous said...

Oh..uhhh. you asked what it was.

It's a trade school (in Phoenix hehe), that teaches it's students how to build and repair guitars.

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

They have a school that just teaches people how to build and repair guitars?

You know, I never even considered such a thing but, I suppose you have to learn such a specialist skill like that somewhere. Well, there you go! You live and learn.

Quite funny really, as Phoenix is one of the characters in my children's novels and Robert Venn is a bloke I had a crush on, for a while, once.

Maybe it's a sign.

All the best,

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Hi Addy,

Yes, I did try Walker Books and got a really nice rejection letter back. They liked the story and the voice but, it did not fit their list.

Trouble is it was not four seperate stories just, sort of, one continuous one split into eight chapters. Thanks for the recommendation though.

Atyllah said...

Anita, the story sounds like a great romp! Good luck with it!

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

Thanks Nicky

Lis said...

I would love to have a read of this sometime it sounds great!

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

I'll have to print you off a copy, Lis.