The Queen of Kentucky
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
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The best songs come from broken hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennessee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?

In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.

BUY LOCAL: Alecia encourages readers to order their copy of Wildflower through their local bookstore. Anyone that buys local and emails a copy of their receipt to Alecia at aleciawhitaker(at)me(dot)com will receive an autographed bookplate.


Western Kentucky University Libraries has selected Wildflower as the winner of the ninth Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award.

Alecia was honored that Wildflower made the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards Master List for 2016 for grades 6-8. A Book Club Discussion Guide is now available here.

Book Reviews
Bird Barrett’s life isn’t exactly normal: Since she was 9, she has been touring, playing bluegrass music with the Barrett Family Band. She is used to living in an RV, being in a different city every night and not having any close friends outside of her family. She yearns to be noticed by Adam Dean, another traveling musician Read More
- Kirkus

Gr 8 Up—Bird and her family are members of a bluegrass band that play at various local venues around the United States, touring in their beloved RV named Winnie. The family is extremely close, united by tragedy and their love of music. Aside from her beautiful voice, masterly fiddling, and song-writing skills, Read More
- Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State University, NH

Bird Barrett is named after Lady Bird Johnson, yet the name fits her in other ways, too—she has a gorgeous voice, and when she plays fiddle with her family’s bluegrass band, her fingers fly. Bird loves writing and playing music, and traveling the country Read More
- Publisher's Weekly

"Whitaker's novel Wildflower is pitch perfect and bursting with soul and heart." - Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Where I Belong and Don't Call Me Baby

"Authentic, romantic, and entertaining--Wildflower and Bird will make you fly." - Rebecca Serle, author of The Edge of Falling

"Wildflower's Bird Barrett is a country music star you won't soon forget." - Jen Calonita, author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and Summer State of Mind

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