TO ANOTHER DEAD ROCK STAR
York : Farrar, Straus and Grioux, 1999.
sure you have all heard of the death of a famous rock star. Be it
Kurt Cobain or John Lennon, the death of a celebrity hits us all in different
ways. Some of us tend to take it personally. Even though we
have never met the person or really know about their private life, we think
we know them and we feel a loss. After Kurt Cobain's death, thousands
of fans flocked to Seattle to pay tribute to him. Even years after
his death, people visit Elvis Presley's home to feel a link to him.
In this story, heavy metal rocker Debbie Grennan has been dead for
three years but the world is still listening to her songs. When a
famous band decides to play a tribute concert to her memory, Debbie's 15
year old son is asked to participate. Grady agrees to do the morning
radio show and is excited about the concert that night. He is looking
forward to hanging out with the band. It's not his favorite band
but his half-brother Louie is a big fan. Oh yes, Louie. I forgot
to mention him. He's mentally retarded and he lives with his father
and step mother nearby. Grady is living with his grandmother for
now but knows that won't last. Grady loves Louie but finds it hard
to visit him. Grady doesn't get along with Louie's stepmother one
bit. The argue about everything. Grady wants Louie to come
to the concert tonight but he knows there will be a terrible argument about
it. Can Grady convince her that Louie should be there? Will
Grady be able to get through the day without breaking down? This
is a story about a young boy coming to terms with the reality of his situation.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Mentally handicapped -- Fiction.
Rock music -- Fiction.
Seattle (Wash.) -- Fiction.
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