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Bonny's Debut

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A unique children's tale brings an important message alive - kindness and hard work will get you anywhere, and it is OK to be different!

Synopsis

Everything changes for Bonny when her ‘uncles’ leave town. She has a new job, a new school, and a new dream: to play with the orchestra in the summer concert. But there are some who think she doesn’t belong – and not just the kids!

Bonny wants to be interesting instead of just weird. She wants her ‘uncles’ to stop babying her. Most of all, she wants to be independent.

Porkington and Swinson know how tough life can be. They’ve done their best to prepare Bonny for a dog-eat-dog world. They want her to be fierce.

When her ‘uncles’ leave for the summer, Bonny gets what she wants. Her job will be a cinch, and she’s sure to meet interesting people at City School for the Arts. Once there she makes a discovery, and finds a new dream. She’s determined to play xylophone in the summer concert!

But Bonny’s new job isn’t easy. Some kids in the orchestra think she doesn’t belong. And the assistant principal is on a mission to seek and destroy.

Will the obstacles prove to be too much? If Bonny has what it takes to reach her goal, will anyone be there to listen?

M.M. Rodeheaver’s ‘Bonny’s Debut’ is a truthful epistle for kids, and their parents. It is a good read for children of ages 12 and above.


Having trouble fitting in, each time change happens, Bonny realizes that the kids at school don’t think she belongs either. It could be because she is a little different.


Her story begins, well, it begins with her uncles, Porkington and Swinson. When they were younger, they both were given experimental treatments to turn them into humans – though they still looked like pigs. Through a tragedy, Porkington and Swinson ended up with a baby named Bonny.


Bonny wasn’t born like most humans were – she two received a dose of the same experimental serum.


And that is how the story starts. This might be a good place to point out that there are some vocabulary words that might be a stretch for a child under the age of 10 to understand, and at the same time, they might. I would recommend parents or teachers reading the book first. It is a great book, but before letting your child loose on it, check it out.


When her ‘uncles’ leave for the summer, Bonny sees change happening all around – a new school a new job, and now, she has decided she wants to play with the orchestra in a concert.


Bonny doesn’t want to be considered weird anymore.


Her ‘uncles’ are consistently being overprotective, and don’t give Bonny a chance to be who she wants to be. They have the best intentions.


Bonny gets to be a part of the City School for the Arts … it is there that she finds a new interest – playing the xylophone. The ritzy kids decide she is not good enough, and the assistant principal doesn’t think she fits in either.


And thus begins a journey into life that Bonny and her uncles knew would happen one day.


Will Bonny be able to hang in until the end?


In today’s time, a children’s book like this is needed. Kindness is better than being mean, and determination will get you anywhere – don’t ever give up.


Older children will enjoy the story, and parents and teachers might like it too. It would be a good book for a first book report.


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Becky has had a 'serious love affair' with books since she was old enough to know what the word 'love' meant.

A former award-winning newspaper editor with a bachelor's degree in English/journalism and a master's in psychology, her goal is to help you get your book out there.

Synopsis

Everything changes for Bonny when her ‘uncles’ leave town. She has a new job, a new school, and a new dream: to play with the orchestra in the summer concert. But there are some who think she doesn’t belong – and not just the kids!

Bonny wants to be interesting instead of just weird. She wants her ‘uncles’ to stop babying her. Most of all, she wants to be independent.

Porkington and Swinson know how tough life can be. They’ve done their best to prepare Bonny for a dog-eat-dog world. They want her to be fierce.

When her ‘uncles’ leave for the summer, Bonny gets what she wants. Her job will be a cinch, and she’s sure to meet interesting people at City School for the Arts. Once there she makes a discovery, and finds a new dream. She’s determined to play xylophone in the summer concert!

But Bonny’s new job isn’t easy. Some kids in the orchestra think she doesn’t belong. And the assistant principal is on a mission to seek and destroy.

Will the obstacles prove to be too much? If Bonny has what it takes to reach her goal, will anyone be there to listen?

Believe It or Not

In the heart of the city there is a large green park with a fountain that splashes and sparkles three seasons out of the year. City Library is at one end of the park. Shops and eateries line the surrounding streets, and City University is not far away.

People out strolling in this part of the city might notice an old, well-kept apartment building just off Park Street. The apartments inside are comfortable, and the people who live in them tend to stay put for a long time.

All except for a certain gentleman who started out on the fifth floor, then moved to the fourth floor, and a short while later moved again to the second floor.

The other residents found all this moving around a bit strange, and the gentleman doing the moving was rather strange-looking. But since he was also kind and interesting and liked by everyone who got to know him, they just shrugged their shoulders, updated their address books, and got on with their lives.

The gentleman was named J. Porkington Hamm; Porkington to most of his friends.

Porkington worked mornings at Mugsy’s café, around the corner from the apartment, where he crafted delicious soups and salads and other items on the lunch menu. Customers lined up for his soup of the day, of which he was very proud.

When he wasn’t working, Porkington could often be found strolling through the outdoor market in City Park, reading in the library, or chatting with neighbors in the cafe. Lately, however, he was spending more time close to home, and with good reason.

Porkington had a baby.

Rather, he had a piglet that had turned into a baby.


* * *


Porkington was born in the normal piglet way, to a sow named Mrs. Hamm who lived in the animal science department at City University.

Now, it’s a long story, but when Porkington was eight weeks old he received a dose of experimental stem cell serum that transformed him into a person. The problem was, he still looked a little bit … odd. And some people were mean to Porkington. Very mean.

Meanwhile, at a big university in the Midwest, other piglets were given doses of other experimental stem cell serums which turned them into people. One of these people was Swinson McHoag. When Swinson moved east to take a job at City Library, he and Porkington got an apartment together. (That was one of Porkington’s moves.)

Swinson had a brother named Bo who turned out to be not very nice, even when Swinson and Porkington tried to help him. There was a hostage situation and a lot of other unpleasantness. While all this was going on, one last piglet received a dose of experimental stem cell serum. Then a terrible accident happened and two people were killed.

That’s how Porkington and Swinson ended up with a baby named Bonny. But babies who are not born in the normal human way tend to grow up a lot faster than usual. That’s where this story begins.

About the author

Margaret Rodeheaver writes short fiction and novels for children and adults. She lives near Macon, Georgia, where she hangs out with writers’ groups and drinks coffee. She enjoys reading, music, and travel, and is also a pretty good whistler. Find Margaret online at www.MargaretRodeheaver.com. view profile

Published on July 17, 2020

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40000 words

Genre: Children's Books

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