Secret of the Songshell by Brian Tashima
Book One of the Spectraland Saga

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Joel Suzuki gets a huge surprise when he bumps into his favorite rock star while walking down the street. You see, this particular rock star – multiplatinum bandleader Marshall Byle - is supposed to be dead.

Joel gets an even bigger surprise when Marshall makes him the offer of a lifetime: the chance to become a rock star himself. There's a catch, of course, but this one is a little different. To unlock the shortcut to success, Joel must travel to an alternate world where his unique brain waves can be combined with the sound waves of music to create magical effects. If he can learn to harness these powers, he will be able to write songs that capture the hearts of millions.

As a sensitive sixteen-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome living in a single-parent home, Joel leads a stressful life full of bullies, bad grades and money woes. Figuring that stardom will solve all of his problems, he accepts Marshall’s offer. But once Joel arrives in the new world, he finds himself faced with an unexpected audition that is unlike anything he has ever imagined. . . .

About Brian Tashima

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Brian Tashima was born and raised in Hawaii and has been a resident of Vancouver, Washington since 2000. In addition to being an author, he is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has won a Hoku award (Hawaii's version of the Grammys) and has had his music featured in short films, international compilations, and numerous other forms of media. He is currently a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), Willamette Writers, Northwest Independent Writers Association, and three Vancouver/Portland-based rock bands. Check out more information on Brian and The Spectraland Saga at!
Published June 26, 2012 by Prism Valley Press. 318 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The clear, dramatic imagery of Spectraland is dimmed by a preponderance of two-word designations: The alien creatures are named “Greenseed,” “Suntooth” and “Raintree,” animals are “slimebacks,” “lightsnakes” and “scaletops,” and the characters travel to places such as “Nightshore,” “Crownrock” an...

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