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Shaky Man2

Stay away from Shaky Man. Every kid in the small town of Tonkaway, Texas, knows that.

He eats little kids, murdered his wife, and mistreats his dogs, to boot. That’s what they say, anyway. Top doesn’t entirely know what to think about the rumors. He’s too busy settling into his new home, playing baseball and making friends—like Mickey, a black boy who soon becomes his best friend of all.

Everything changes when a shocking murder turns the town, along with Top and Mickey’s lives, upside down. Neighbors show their true colors. Shaky Man’s secrets are revealed. Through it all, Top learns again and again just how confusing and unfair the world can be. A tale of childhood set in the 1960s, Shaky Man timelessly reaffirms the basic goodness of humanity and the importance of friendship and compassion in the face of prejudice.

For more information click the Shaky Man PressKit.


“Mark S. Parker cleverly intertwines the crossroads of curious, coming-of-age preteens with the sensitive issues of race relations and prejudice. Whether the era is the 1960s, when the story takes place, or today, the issues discussed throughout the book are ones to which many kids can relate. The characters Top and Mickey enjoy unconditional friendship as you share the experiences of prejudice with them, whether the prejudice is about color, intelligence, or any other physical attribute that creates predisposed beliefs about a person before getting to know them. As an educator and parent of young readers, I would say this book is a must-read in teaching our kids about tolerance and acceptance.“…

Maria Bellia Abbate

New York City Public School Teacher

Author of From Landfill to Hallowed Ground

“Shaky Man is about the moral implications of teaching acceptance, both for children and adults. This is a heartwarming story of a young boy learning to respect and love what is different in others, even in the face of negative peer pressure. This book will touch you where it truly matters: in your heart.”

Glen Aaron

Book Reviewer for the Midland Reporter-Telegram

Author of Observer: Ther Colonel George Trofimoff Story, retired attorney

“This book gives you an understanding of how life was in the 60’s.  The old saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ really comes into play in Shaky Man.”

Dominick Klimek

10th grader from The Colony, TX


17 thoughts on “MARKSPARKER.COM

  1. Sharon Owens

    Mark what a wonderful venture at this point. Your grandchildren and friends are going to love each new book, cd, and all you have to share with us. Can’t wait to get my grandbabies one of your books. Have fun with this cuz I know we will all enjoy it. Love, Sharon

  2. Jere Barnes

    Mark, This is a wonderful endeavor. I’m looking forward to reading your stories. Beats land work any day.
    Best wishes,

  3. Anne Fields

    MARK….. I am so NOT surprised here…. You ooze creativity, humor, love and talent! This will be SUCH a gift to your children and GRANDCHILDREN!
    Attawaytogo, Marcus!

  4. Alison & Bruce Peeler

    YOU are a born storyteller….just don’t tell ALL the stories you know!!
    Congratulations on this awesome new adventure!!

  5. Debbie Peacock

    I’m not sure, but I think this is the coolest thing I’ve seen you do! Congratulations and God bless you in all you do.

  6. Renee Freeland

    Mark, you know I’ve always admired and respected Ann. After all, she came first! It’s such a joy to sit and merely be with the two of you. You are a butterfly effect couple. Wherever you go, your love fans out, and it is passed from one to another. Ah, the laughter you provide in your writing eases the pain the bruising of a well lived life gifts each of us. Thank you for your well lived life, and the opportunity to sip a strong dose of what matters the most.

  7. Glen Cosper

    finally stopped early this morning and read your blog. Seriously, could not put it down. Thank you for taking me on your journeys at the Lake House, etc.

    I look forward to more. Hope everyone is well.

    Glen Cosper

  8. gary king

    Mark you are truly a gifted story teller and writer. I look forward to be enthralled with more. I love your creativity

  9. Renee Freeland

    Sure enjoy your writing. You give us sunrise and eventide. Hope and rebirth as well as the an overview of that which helps me gather my thoughts into a bucket of colorful perspective. There’s a lot I could say, so I stop here and say – Thank you, friend for sharing your gifts.

  10. Paula Pirtle Warnke

    Mark, Been listening to Poppy’s Tunes for about an hour Really can’t find words that actually say
    how special they are. I mean really? They are amazing! I feel like I know Riann, Caroline, and Griffin
    pretty well, after listening to your music/descriptions. Looking forward to hearing the songs for Reese
    and Samantha.
    Can’t wait for Jack Travers to hear Poppy’s Tunes!

  11. Bill Wright

    Mark, congratulations on the projects. You are a born storyteller and you have a lot to say. Keep it up.


    P.S. I will have a new website up soon. Check it out when you can.

  12. Liz Veazey

    Outside of Ann and kids this is probably the most important thing you will ever do. What a guy you are! Liz VZ

  13. Debbie Horn


    We have always been entertained by your guitar and music and now you share with us some of your greatest talent in writing. We cheer you on in this adventure! What a blessing for those wonderful grandchildren to have their Poppy!

    Much Love,

    The Horn’s
    Curtis and Debbie


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