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.