Volume Five: Ballad of the Bluerock
After a disastrous concert festival that claimed the lives of thousands, Joel Suzuki’s archenemy is now, quite possibly, all-powerful. The only way Joel can undo the damage and save the universe is to return to Spectraland, complete his training, and fulfill his destiny as the Virtuoso—the greatest Wavemaker of them all.
Trouble is, Joel is stuck on the Bluerock (Spectraland’s name for Earth) with no idea of how to get back, and he has only a few months before the gateway between the two worlds closes forever. What’s worse, the one person he thinks can help him—and that he can trust— doesn’t believe his story.
Then there’s the pesky private eye on his trail, investigating the disappearance of Joel’s friend Felicity, who was tragically killed at the concert festival. Or was she? With no solid proof that Spectraland exists, Joel starts to question whether the island of music and magic was even real in the first place…or was it all in his imagination?
"I feel that Brian Tashima has succeeded in creating a great fictional "aspie" hero and I would recommend this book to people both on and off the autism spectrum, to teachers and librarians and carers and lovers of fantasy fiction."
- Gavin Bollard, Life-with-spergers.blogspot.com
"Inspiring for the younger set and a kindred voice for those with autism spectrum disorders."
"A fun, exciting and creative adventure...I never wanted to put the book down."
- Compulsion Reads
2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction