A Taste of Fame

2013 First Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: Kenya
Publisher: 
Kenya Literature Bureau

Rando adores pop music star Dee Zasta so much that he is ready to do anything to be like this celebrity. During a young musicians' concert, Rando sings like Dee Zasta. The music star, who is present, is so impressed by the boy's performance that he suggests they do a collabo during the forthcoming concert for the distinguished musicians. In the week before the duo's performance, the fourteen-year-old boy is able to interact with his idol and to learn some unsavoury truths about fame.

A Taste of Fame takes us to the flashy world of celebrities. Disregarding his father's advice and insight, Rando on his own learns that having a role model and mentor is not enough: he needs to cultivate his own individuality and creativity. This book is not only a must read for those who love a well-told story, but also for the youth in search of values to live by.

The author is an English Language lecturer at Pwani University. He holds a D.Phil. in Language Education and has also taught at secondary school and teacher training college levels. His love for story telling was nurtured at the annual Kenya School and Colleges Drama Festival in which he participated for many years as a script-writer and adjudicator. Although born at Oyugis, South Nyanza over four decades ago, he was brought up at Landi Mawe, in Nairobi's Eastlands, and educated at Pumwani Secondary School, also in the city. This probably explains why most of his stories have a modern urban setting. He has written a number of children's books which include, The Head WIthout a Body, Looking for a New King, Alone in a Storm, The Winning Story, Jabali and Scola's Mistake.

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Rando adores pop music star Dee Zasta so much that he is ready to do anything to be like this celebrity. During a young musicians' concert, Rando sings like Dee Zasta. The music star, who is present, is so impressed by the boy's performance that he suggests they do a collabo during the forthcoming concert for the distinguished musicians. In the week before the duo's performance, the fourteen-year-old boy is able to interact with his idol and to learn some unsavoury truths about fame.

A Taste of Fame takes us to the flashy world of celebrities. Disregarding his father's advice and insight, Rando on his own learns that having a role model and mentor is not enough: he needs to cultivate his own individuality and creativity. This book is not only a must read for those who love a well-told story, but also for the youth in search of values to live by.

The author is an English Language lecturer at Pwani University. He holds a D.Phil. in Language Education and has also taught at secondary school and teacher training college levels. His love for story telling was nurtured at the annual Kenya School and Colleges Drama Festival in which he participated for many years as a script-writer and adjudicator. Although born at Oyugis, South Nyanza over four decades ago, he was brought up at Landi Mawe, in Nairobi's Eastlands, and educated at Pumwani Secondary School, also in the city. This probably explains why most of his stories have a modern urban setting. He has written a number of children's books which include, The Head WIthout a Body, Looking for a New King, Alone in a Storm, The Winning Story, Jabali and Scola's Mistake.

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