Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing back-up in the Barrett Family Band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennessee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. But when Bird's dad comes down with a bad cold, it's her turn to step into his cowboy boots and sing lead at the legendary Station Inn. That fateful night, a scout in the audience recognizes Bird as a unique talent and offers to bring her out of the shadows of a family band, into the spotlight on her own.
Suddenly Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single, "Notice Me," hits the top twenty and a star is officially born. Young fans and paparazzi are around every corner, and Bird has finally caught the eye of her long-time crush and fellow roving country musician, Adam Dean.
Meanwhile, the Barrett Family Band languishes, Bird's two older brothers grow resentful, and Bird herself even begins to miss their old life. But the show must go on. Can Bird remain true to her roots, and find her voice, in this brave new world of glamour and gold records?
Praise for The Queen of Kentucky:
"This coming of age romance... will capture readers with its honesty and heart."
"Whitaker paints a vivid, finely detailed picture of life in the sometime-hardscrabble heartland. But what draws the reader in is the chaotic precision of her characters, youngsters who are conflicted and frequently inconsistent, yet feel rounded and real... Solid, just like its setting."
Alecia Whitaker grew up on a small farm in Cynthiana, KY. She is the author of The Queen of Kentucky and the Wildflower series, as well as an actress with appearances on several television programs and commercials. She packs her schedule with school and library visits each year, near or far: www.aleciawhitaker.com/bookings. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children.