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When’s Daddy Comin’ Home?

by Rachell Elaine Jackson

Duffy Bowdrie’s most treasured item is a framed photo that shows her lovingly squeezed between her mom and daddy on a park bench, laughing joyously. That was a year ago—shortly before he went missing-in-action. Now she and her mom must deal with his absence as best they can. In the Garden District Middle School band, Duffy chooses to play the sousaphone, her daddy’s favorite and the biggest and heaviest wind instrument. It’s an enormous challenge for a small girl, but she insists on marching with it in the three mile long Easter parade in sultry New Orleans. Meanwhile, her colorful imagination allows her to become a pole-vaulter, a symphony conductor, a flitting butterfly, a soaring, pooping bird. She even brings her BFFs–Audrey, LaWana, and Roselle–into her fantasies. But her greatest dream is that her daddy is alive and will be coming home soon. When’s Daddy Comin’ Home? Copyright 2016 by Rachell Elaine Jackson

A frank, funny tale

“"When’s Daddy Comin’ Home?" is Rachell Jackson’s frank, funny and poignant tale of friendship among four unique New Orleans girls on the cusp of adolescence. The point of view is primarily that of protagonist Duffy Bowdrie and realistically portrays a 12-year- old’s intense immediacy and obsessions.  Duffy‘s overactive imagination creates compelling and comic scenes against the reality of her father’s being missing-in-action. New Orleans serves as a charming backdrop and its frequent parades provide the impetus for Duffy and her friends to participate. Duffy’s determination to master carrying and playing a heavy instrument on the parade route is a touching tribute to her father’s own marching band days. Ms. Jackson is adept at bringing these characters to life and her strong plot propelled me right along with them to the book’s conclusion. ” H. Katz
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©  Copyright Rachell Elaine Jackson.  All Rights Reserved.  Website design and hosting by North Mobile Internet Services, Inc.

When’s Daddy

Comin’ Home?

by Rachell Elaine Jackson

Duffy Bowdrie’s most treasured item is a framed photo that shows her lovingly squeezed between her mom and daddy on a park bench, laughing joyously. That was a year ago—shortly before he went missing-in-action. Now she and her mom must deal with his absence as best they can. In the Garden District Middle School band, Duffy chooses to play the sousaphone, her daddy’s favorite and the biggest and heaviest wind instrument. It’s an enormous challenge for a small girl, but she insists on marching with it in the three mile long Easter parade in sultry New Orleans. Meanwhile, her colorful imagination allows her to become a pole-vaulter, a symphony conductor, a flitting butterfly, a soaring, pooping bird. She even brings her BFFs–Audrey, LaWana, and Roselle–into her fantasies. But her greatest dream is that her daddy is alive and will be coming home soon. When’s Daddy Comin’ Home? Copyright 2016 by Rachell Elaine Jackson

A frank, funny tale

“"When’s Daddy Comin’ Home?" is Rachell Jackson’s frank, funny and poignant tale of friendship among four unique New Orleans girls on the cusp of adolescence. The point of view is primarily that of protagonist Duffy Bowdrie and realistically portrays a 12-year- old’s intense immediacy and obsessions.  Duffy‘s overactive imagination creates compelling and comic scenes against the reality of her father’s being missing-in-action. New Orleans serves as a charming backdrop and its frequent parades provide the impetus for Duffy and her friends to participate. Duffy’s determination to master carrying and playing a heavy instrument on the parade route is a touching tribute to her father’s own marching band days. Ms. Jackson is adept at bringing these characters to life and her strong plot propelled me right along with them to the book’s conclusion. ” H. Katz
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RachellElaineJackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens

RachellElaineJackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens