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The Bell Ringer Paperback – Large Print, December 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
DISCOVER A SECRET, WITNESS A MIRACLE...
Mischievous young thief, Tye Tucket, steals a bell ringer's charity bucket along with a little girl's hopes of helping the poor. As Tye runs off with the loot, a "ninja-like" elf whirls to the rescue, hurling the bandit through time, aboard a haunted train called the Holly Express, where Tye must face his dark past and uncertain future. With help from an unlikely hero, Tye manages to escape in time to discover the SECRET to Santa's "NICE LIST" and his ability to deliver presents to the world in time for Christmas. By journeys' end, Tye will make a decision that will forever change the world and a little girl will receive a MIRACLE she could never imagine.
Written in rhyme, and beautifully illustrated with images that provide greater depth and meaning to the story, THE BELL RINGER is sure to sweep your family into a magical, inspiring world where the best Christmas gifts are delivered from the heart.
Look for THE BELL RINGER AUDIO BOOK and THE BELL RINGER CHRISTMAS RADIO PLAY. Both include strong narrative performances, humorous and scary action sequences, Hollywood level sound effects and original music score. THE BELL RINGER AUDIO BOOK is the perfect companion to THE BELL RINGER picture book. Written, Illustrated and Performed by Composer, International Book Award and USA Best Book Award Winning Finalist, Robert A. Brubaker.
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About the Author
Robert A. Brubaker is a multimedia producer and International Book Award Winning Finalist of two books, CUP OF GLITTER and THE BELL RINGER and USA Best Books 2011 Award-Winning Finalist (Illustrator) for CUP OF GLITTER.
THE BELL RINGER is a heart-warming holiday story about a mischievous young thief named Tye Tucket who steals a bell ringer's money. For his crime he's tossed aboard a haunted train called the Holly Express where the bandit comes face to face with his dark past and uncertain future. By the end of the story, Tye makes a decision that will forever change the world and a little girl will receive a MIRACLE she could never imagine.
Produced with Hollywood level sound effects, original holiday score and narration THE BELL RINGER CHRISTMAS RADIO PLAY and THE BELL RINGER AUDIO BOOK CDs were completed August, 2012. With the exception of two character performances provided by Jaclyn Hamilton and Hildedgarde Joubert Mitchell, Robert produced all other character voices, narration and original music.
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In the meantime, a busy Robert had opened his independent film and video production company called Resonant Image Studios in 2010 to produce original screenplays, both licensed and in-house, as well as children's graphic novels/stories and interactive games and also found time to write his own book titled The Bell Ringer.
In this 56-page, stunningly-illustrated story, told in lyrical form, the child learns about young thief Tye Tucker who, after stealing a charity pot from a young female Christmas "Bell Ringer" out to help the poor, is confronted by an elf who forces him onto The Holly Express, a time-travelling train. Much like Ebenezer Scrooge, Tye must not only come face to face with his past misdeeds, but catch an unsettling glimpse into his possible disturbing future. After his escape from the train and learning what Santa's "nice list" is all about, and how he manages to get gifts to everyone the world over, he changes his ways and in so doing presents the young Bell Ringer with an ending beyond her wildest imagination. It's sprinkled throughout with visual clues, both obvious and not-so-obvious, into the unique world of the Bell Ringer. The book was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards.
As a companion piece, there is also The Bell Ringer audio book with original music by Robert, an insert containing a sampling of the book illustrations, and sound effects in the track which contains the radio play version of The Bell Ringer story. The contents, all instrumentals except track 2, are:
1. Dance Of The Elves; 2. The Bell Ringer Story (radio play); 3. Flight In Bubbles; 4. Karen's Wish; 5. A Gift Through Time; 6. Adventure Is Ringing; 7. The Bells Of Charity.
A sure Christmas winner for those children still with a sense of wonder and not hung completely up on thumb-spreading video games.