I came into possession of another Young Adult novel recently. I don’t read a lot of YA and write even less, but I’m recognizing that a fair amount of it is written for girls and not much for boys, at least not much that has good values and wholesome attitudes combined with the kind of action that appeals to today’s mid-grade readers. BAD LATITUDE: A Jack Rackham Adventure has it all.
Pirates, ghosts, buried treasure and rattlesnakes create a summer adventure for teenager Jack Rackham and his friend Kai in the haunted town of St. Augustrine, Florida. Nobody could write the story any better than St. Augustine resident Dave Ebright, seasoned storyteller and self-proclaimed lover of beaches, boating, and the old seaside town’s history.
Inspired by stories told to his grandchildren, Dave began writing his books for boys. BAD LATITUDE: A Jack Rackham Adventure is his debut novel. It blends fact and fiction seamlessly into fast moving entertainment with a cast of realistic characters including a few that sound suspiciously like the author and his own family.
BAD LATITUDE is available online as an ebook or in paperback from BookLocker. It can also be ordered in paperback from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Barnes and Noble. A second book, RECKLESS ENDEAVOR, will follow early in 2010.
Visit Dave Ebright’s blog, JaxPop: Haunted City Writer. Just tell him Carol sent you. He’ll probably have words with me later.