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The Ragtime Kid by Larry Karp HD

  • #: 7601
  • Price: $7.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2010-11-15
  • Current Version: 1
  • 1
  • Size: 2.20 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Andrews UK Limited
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © 2010 Andrews UK Limited under licence from Poisoned Pen Press
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Brun Campbell, a 15-year-old piano fool, gets to play Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" one 1898 afternoon in Oklahoma City. It's destiny calling. Though he tries for ragtime lessons, he's told no—"Ragtime is colored music".

So Brun runs away from the family home in El Reno, Oklahoma, to Sedalia, Missouri, to persuade Joplin to take him on as a pupil. What Brun doesn't expect is to trip over the body of a young woman—he thinks at first she's a log and thoughtlessly picks up a couple of items before he rushes away.

When Edward Fitzgerald, who befriended Brun his first night in town, is arrested for the woman's murder, Brun is certain he's innocent, but if the boy shows anyone the things he pocketed at the scene, things he now knows belonged to Scott Joplin, he'll point the finger at the composer—and himself. Caught in this dilemma, Brun decides to get Fitzgerald, Joplin and himself off the hook by finding the real killer, but for that he will need some grown-up help which he gets from the story's other linchpins: Dr. Overstreet, the alcoholic town mayor, and John Stark, a man pushing sixty and feeling it, who's been employing Brun at his music store.

Sedalia is rife with suspects, some of them opportunists bent on stealing Joplin's music, and then there are the girls and women. Both are a mystery to Brun. A teenager seized with religious fever, a couple of mischievous prostitutes, and an attractive, ambitious young woman with a hint of scarlet in her past complicate the pursuit of the killer.

This special enhanced iPad version contains the following features:

• Choice of text size

• Chapter selection

• Remembers last viewed chapter

• Optimised for iPad

“Larry Karp found a worthy, though neglected segment of American music history to set a cleverly devised story of fact and fiction. By filling some of the undocumented gaps with a plausible tale, he retells the early history of ragtime, with its undercurrent of racism and business dealings. Along the way he provides deserving recognition for several creators of the art form, aside from Scott Joplin and ‘The Ragtime Kid, ’ Brun Campbell.”

—David Reffkin, Director, The American Ragtime Ensemble

Producer and Host, The Ragtime Machine, KUSF-FM, San Francisco

If you would like to see your publication on iPad and iPhone then please contact us via www.andrewsuk.com

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