It's not everyday that teens and tweens have the chance to read a new novel that involves Elvis, but all that is about to change. I've come across not 1 but 2 novels this summer that feature the King. Well, that feature dads that want to be the King, anyhow...
The first is called Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis, and I have to tell you I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's just right for those times when you want a sweet and tender read, or when you just want your teddy bear.
It's about a girl whose father leaves for Vegas to compete in an Elvis impersonator contest after having a fight with her mom, and involves a run-away hounddog, a trip down memory lane with a long-lost granny, fires and classic cars. Suffice it to say that all works out in the end, and no one ends up in Heartbreak Hotel. It truly is a sweet book.
(um, by the way kids, the words in italics are words that you will find amusing if you know some Elvis lyrics. If not, get your mother/auntie/grandma--trust me, it is clever and she'll love it!)
The second book is All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall. This time the main character is a boy, Josh, who goes to live with his dad in Chicago while his mother is away. He notices his dad has had a very interesting dye job at the airport, but never imagines then what his dad is now doing for a living...you guessed it, he's an Elvis impersonator. This is a very different book from Love Me Tender, with a son who is angry and mortified about his father---and let's not even talk about his father's girlfriend and her daughter. Yep, Josh is definitely feeling All Shook Up, but eventually Josh and his dad come to understand one another. Funny and a bit sarcastic, this book will keep you entertained until Elvis has left the building.