We had a slumber party of seven boys for Hayden's 9th Unbirthday party (yes, I know...he is a middle child, so only middle children and mothers will understand that one). I watched the way the boys talked with their mouths full, scratched themselves, hollered and jumped off of tree limbs. It was tiring but enlightening. Boys are gross and nuts, and I needed to capture this same essence when creating Luke and Buddy the two boys from my latest story.
Luke is a 5th grader growing up with an eccentric mother and little sister. He isn't the brightest, or the fastest, or the coolest kid in school. In fact people didn't pay too much attention to him-
until he accidentally set fire to his kitchen in fourth grade. Luke secretly wants to take Karate classes, but his mother thinks it's too violent and he'll get hurt. Luke's biggest fear at the beginning of his last year of elementary school is that his babysitter, Bree, will discover his secret crush on her.
Buddy is Luke's life-long best freind. His real name is Ernest, but he made everyone call him Buddy after he wore his Toy Story pajamas to school for an entire year. To his amazement, the name stuck. Buddy is a skimny, goofy, loud, and loyal boy who isn't afraid of anything.
Theres baseball, chocolate, and hidden gravestones in their future. Together the boys have to save their small town from becoming "Vegified" zombies.
The boys and the rest of the book is coming soon!