Ricky Perez knew his sketchbook was his ticket to get into art school. When it was gone, so were his dreams of becoming a comic book artist. A heartfelt short story set in contemporary New York City that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through Ricky's journey to get accepted at a prestigious New York high school for art.
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About the Author
Madeline was born on the Jersey shore a long time ago. If you are a Generation Z reader, you might refer to that as "the olden days". Back then, she loved to read but didn't like pretend stories. She had little time for that. Madeline wanted to know what really happened; and asked her mother, "Tell me real stories about what it was like when you were growing up." That same spirit is what guides her writing today.
Today, she is retired from wearing the many hats of her working past-waitress, actor, designer, stage manager, telemarketer, Kelly Girl, puppeteer, theater director, playwright, mask- maker, woodcarver, ethnographer, teacher and staff-developer. Most of her time is now spent in Chicago, IL where she enjoys writing fiction from her perch overlooking Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fun story. It brought back memories of my teachers grabbing my sketches during class and telling me to do my class work. I wish I had read this story when I was in Jr. High, but then I had a hard time reading in my youth. It should be something every parent would want their children to read, not necessarily so they skip school, but to pursue their dreams with hard work and gusto. Upon thinking about it, I think every parent should read it too. Pushing your child never gets the expected results, if the child does not have the same goals. And no matter how hard you try, your child rarely wants to assume their parents' goals if they don't match their strengths and desires. The more I think about it the better the story gets.
Madeline Slovenz’s new story “Tomo Saves the Day” captures the pain and struggle of being a middle schooler. Tomo knows his passion for becoming an artist is against his mother’s wishes, but he can’t help it. He loves to draw. Slovenz enlightens her readers by showing what a little stick-to-itiveness and ingenuity can do when you want something bad enough. Dreams don’t always come true, but they never happen if you don’t try. As the mother of three, I recommend Slovenz’s story to any middle schooler who thinks he or she can’t. Because you can.