A burned-out teacher puts Kayla Carmichael, a naturally gifted art student, in charge of a group of class clowns, misfits, and troublemakers who are painting a mural on the back of Sandpiper Public High in Daytona Beach, Florida. Can Kayla help her classmates become artists -- or at least get them to stop playing games on their cell phones?
Kayla also has to deal with possibly insane heavy metal musicians, a gift shop manager who acts as if he’s running a Fortune 500 company, a guy with a vivid violet voice, and an already wealthy teen tennis player who’s about to go pro.
Meanwhile, Kayla hopes to get wealthy herself by selling T-shirts she designed. She tries to decide if a manipulated photo she took with a stolen camera is worthy of a national award. And she wonders why she wants to hear -- and see -- that violet voice more and more.
Reading level: Older teens and adults
|File size:||228 KB|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Thomas Allen Pack’s short stories have been published in several literary journals, including The Sonora Review, Thinker Magazine, The Louisville Review, and LEO (Louisville Eccentric Observer). The Artsy Girl—in Bronze is his first novel.
He’s a writer and editor in the Communications Department at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. The school district has more than 100,000 students, and Thomas has written nonfiction articles about many of them, including dozens of artsy students.
He and his wife have two teen daughters. His mother as well as his sister and her family live in the Daytona Beach area, which is the setting for his novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It took awhile for me to really enjoy what I was reading in this book. But at about the halfway point, Pack drew the story together and I understood and enjoyed....the rest of the story, (to coin a phrase). I rather enjoyed the chapters individually up to that halfway mark, but I questioned what the point was and if I would get it. And then I did. The story became cohesive, understandable, relatable and enjoyable. Pack's protagonist, Kayla, was good at art in many different venues. She found her peace in art and in doing it well. She was a teenager finding her way and in this story, she "cheated" in her photography. She was also cheated out of a t-shirt design and sought revenge. She learned from her boyfriend's band that her revenge plan wasn't going to work....everybody cheats or lies. Her character developed beautifully in this story and when she finally yielded to the pressure and walked away from the project she was involved in..her friends came to her assistance and saved the day. Well at least to the point, Kayla could continue on with the finishing touches needed to bring the project to fruition. It was indeed a charming story and it left me chuckling. I loved the ending and I loved the smile it put on my face. If I had to use one word to describe this story, I would use---hopeful.