Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Announcing the Lucky Winner of AIM by Joyce Moyer Hostetter + A Great Review and more!

Dear Friends,

Thanks for the great response and wonderful comments for the final post in the Back to School Book Giveaway series. So, who is the lucky winner of AIM? This time, the winner is announced at the end of the post, but WAIT! First, read this great review from Kirkus and find more links where you can leave comments for a chance to win a copy of AIM--if you weren't the lucky winner today.

Author: Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Kirkus Review Issue Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Category: Fiction

In this pre-World War II companion to the novels Blue (2006) and Comfort (2009), 14-year- old Junior Bledsoe fights personal battles at home as America's entry into the war grows imminent. Junior struggles with school and to control his anger at his alcoholic father, his insufferable grandfather, his neighbors, and himself. When his father dies after another night of drinking, Junior feels ever more desperate to understand himself and find his own aim in life. He finds relief from his troubles in escapes to the nearby woods and tinkering with cars. A fatherly neighbor provides some much-needed guidance, and a challenging teacher and troubled classmate help him find some direction. Hostetter creates a vivid sense of time and place in her early-1940s rural North Carolina setting and a fully realized, sympathetic character in Junior. She makes Junior choose how to handle the hard things that come his way, whether to be shaped negatively or positively by them. Over the course of the novel, a year passes after Junior's father dies, and the story satisfyingly concludes with him confident and looking forward to the future. An author's note explains the stories historical context. An absorbing, well-crafted coming-of-age story with finely detailed historical background. (bibliography, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12) Kirkus 
Joyce Moyer Hostetter will be sharing more about her work and giving away more books in the weeks to come on other blogs:

September 22 – Writing and Illustrating (Kathy Temean) - https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/
October 3 – Carol Baldwin’s Blog - http://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/
October 4 Joyce's Blog – The 3 R’s:  Reading, ‘Riting, and Research - http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to follow Joyce on Facebook and Twitter:


Check out her website www.joycemoyerhostetter.com for finding information about: 
  • Joyce
  • Her books
  • School visit and author events
  • Learning activities related to her books
  • Information related to the
    historical topics in her books. 

The WINNER of AIM, picked by Random.org, is: Bish Denham 
                   Congratulations, BISH!!!!
Bish, please send your mailing address and how you'd like your book personalized to me: claragillowclark(dot)gmail(dot)com

 So what's coming in the weeks ahead? More authors, more books, more giveaways! Next up is historical fiction for older readers--Adults--so get ready for that one next week! Then we'll get into the spirit of Halloween for some spooky treats! Back soon! ~Clara


  1. Thanks so much, Clara for sharing so much info here for me. It was a pleasure to guest post at your blog. And congratulations to Bish! Thanks for participating.

    1. My pleasure, Joyce! Thanks for writing such great books.

  2. Wow! I thrilled to be a winner. Thanks Clara and Joyce. I look forward to reading Junior's story.