Congratulations to my two anniversary winners from last week’s giveaway:
SIX FEMALE PROTAGONIST BOOKS and a $15 Starbuck’s gift card: Rosi Hollinbeck (Check out her blog at THE WRITE STUFF)
SIX MALE PROTAGONIST BOOKS and a $15 Starbuck’s gift card: Patricia Tilton (Check out her blog at CHILDREN’S BOOKS HEAL)
Thanks to all that entered. I have more giveaways with some exciting new releases coming in September!
It’s time to focus ahead to the coming months of fall and cooler weather. In most places school is back in session, but this tale of two boys might be what you need to relive those warm summer days that disappear all too quick…
The tale is told in first person by, Wyatt, a city boy who is visiting with his dad during the summer in upstate New York. Wyatt is very well adjusted to the two parent routine as divorce is mentioned but never becomes a theme to the the story. Nice to see divorce depicted in this way where it isn’t overly devastating to a family. Wyatt’s friend during his summer visit is a country boy named Augie, who has a few outdoor skills that come in handy. (I may never look at a squirrel the same way.) Together the two friends build a fort in the wilderness, or so it seems that way since they aren’t too far from civilization.
It’s shaping up to be the best end of the summer before intruders start to poke around their fort: two older bullies who ruin their plans and another developmentally disabled boy they’re not quite sure of. What ensues is a fresh approach in dealing with their problem and one that will appeal to young readers. It got me reminiscing on a favorite summer with my best friend as this gentle ride tugged at memories in my past.
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015 PAGE COUNT: 200
FULL PLOT : (From AMAZON)
FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT: FORT by Cynthia DeFelice
- The ingenious way the boys get back at the bullies. It’s not mean spirited or hurtful (not too much anyway) and provides a few giggles to readers.
- City boys and girls will long for a summer like this with slingshots, pocket knives, hunting for food, and creepy sounds in the wilderness.
- Several adults pop in and out of the story to provide support, but they let this be the kids’ story. Just like it should be in any MG novel.
- This believable tale is a welcome break from high tech action stories. It’s a quick read and would be perfect as a read-aloud.
- There’s a hint at the end that we may see another adventure with these two friends the next summer. I’d welcome a continuation of this as a series.
Augie had never said it to her because I think he was afraid it would break her heart, but he had told me. “The only way I’m ever going to college is if I grow three and a half feet and magically learn to play basketball, or if they start giving out brain transplants.”
“I try to write books that I would have loved to read when I was a child. It is very gratifying to hear from children that something I wrote touched them, making them laugh or cry, or think and feel something new.”
For more insights see Cynthia DeFelice’s web site.
Check the links to other Middle Grade novels over at Shannon Messenger’s Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post.