13 year-old Keith James is known as little cool to his music
producer dad, Marvin Anthony James, also known as MAJ.
If Keith is known
as little cool to his dad then his dad is super cool to him. Putting
together tracks and working in the studio, going on gigs, he promises
that one day he'll have more time for his son. His dad's helping him
put together his demo and Keith dreams of playing on a great stage, just
like his and his dad's idol Jimi Hendrix. Then Keith's dad is killed
violently and nothing will ever be the same again.
With his father gone money is tight and Just one month later Keith and
his mother are forced to move from big-city Brooklyn, New York to small-town
Hollow Falls, Ohio. He is not surprised to find he's the only one sporting
an Afro, a 60's wardrobe and a zealous appreciation of Jimi Hendrix at
his new school. Then he meets Veronica, a beautiful blonde who brings
some light into his grief. Despite warnings from the school bully against
their mixed race union the pair become good friends.
Just when he thinks he might be over the worst Keith discovers there
may be a journey even more painful than his father's death - coming to
peace with his father's life. As powerful secrets from his father's past
come to light, Keith realises he's not his father's only son and that
the man he once worshipped is fast becoming the man he hardly knew.
A powerful novel dealing with love, loss, unknown
siblings and identity Jimi & Me is written in a free-verse poetry
format that makes it easy to read and hard to put down. Highly recommended
for teenagers and Jimi Hendrix fans, Jimi and Me is not on general sale
in the UK but can be purchased on amazon.co.uk.