adults with low reading level adventure blues music EAL easy fiction for adults ELL English as a Second Language English as an Additional Language English Language Learners ESL fiction for struggling readers First Nations following your dreams gambling hi/lo high interest high/low horse racing Indigenous Indigenous main character Indigenous protagonist integrity jazz musician Low Readability Low Reading Level music Reading Strategies Reluctant Readers short fiction for adults short novels simple fiction for adults Struggling Readers suspense the mob trust violence
Cree Thunderboy wants nothing less than to be the next great blues man. But, playing to tiny audiences in shabby rooms like Shelly's Crab Shack, his career is stalled. Then at the race track he meets Win Hardy, a seemingly charming rogue who spots Cree's knack for picking winning horses. He offers to record his first CD and send him on tour, as long as Cree can keep coming up with the hot tips at the track. Things are looking good for Cree until he discovers Win's connections to the mob and his violent response to anything that doesn't go his way. And when things inevitably go bad, Cree discovers that in life and in gambling there is never really the next sure thing.