Scratchin' on the Eight Ball

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SUSPENSE / THRILLER YOUNG ADULT

Early 20th Century

Tom Frye

Logline

Young Reason Nelson escapes the bust of a party, yet finds himself pursued by a detective who wants to solve the murder of a female informant and a drug dealer who committed the crime.

Genre

Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Havelock, a suburb of Lincoln, NE.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Tom Frye/Storm Haven Press

Year Published: 1982

Starting Description

In a coming of age story reminiscent of The Outsiders, Reason learns the hard way that there are no take-backs in which you get to do things over again. You get one shot and that’s it. Thirteen-year-old, Reason Nelson, a long-haired white kid, attends a party that is busted by the local police.

Ending Description

The redeeming theme that runs through the story are the adults who are committed to saving Reason from his demons. Rose Nelson, his mother, who runs her own NA program and considers the Nelson house a drug-free zone. And Detective Dalton, who is determined to see that Reason survives his encounter

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Plot - Premise

,A boy and his addictions.

Main Character Details

Name: Reason Nelson is an at-risk kid with behavior problems which turn into addiction problems.

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Boone Nelson is Reason's 18-year-old brother devoted to helping his problem behavior brother.

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Collin Young the voice of common sense and reason.

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

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Logline

Young Reason Nelson escapes the bust of a party, yet finds himself pursued by a detective who wants to solve the murder of a female informant and a drug dealer who committed the crime.

Short Summary

In a coming of age story reminiscent of The Outsiders, Reason learns the hard way that there are no take-backs in which you get to do things over again. You get one shot and that’s it. Thirteen-year-old, Reason Nelson, a long-haired white kid, attends a party that is busted by the local police.


The redeeming theme that runs through the story are the adults who are committed to saving Reason from his demons. Rose Nelson, his mother, who runs her own NA program and considers the Nelson house a drug-free zone. And Detective Dalton, who is determined to see that Reason survives his encounter

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

,A boy and his addictions.

Characters

Main Character

Name: Reason Nelson is an at-risk kid with behavior problems which turn into addiction problems.

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive

Character 1

Name: Boone Nelson is Reason's 18-year-old brother devoted to helping his problem behavior brother.

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Confident

Character 2

Name: Collin Young the voice of common sense and reason.

Age: 13

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring

Supplemental Materials