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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-746-5
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As World War II threatens the United States in 1941, fourteen-year-old Junior Bledsoe fights his own battles at home. Junior struggles with school and with anger—at his late father, his insufferable granddaddy, his neighbors, and himself—as he desperately tries to understand himself and find his own aim in life. But he finds relief in escaping to the quiet of the nearby woods and tinkering with cars, something he learned from his pop, and a fatherly neighbor provides much-needed guidance. This heartfelt and inspiring prequel to the author’s Blue and Comfort also includes an author’s note and bibliography.


"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…. 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…. An absorbing, well-crafted coming-of-age story with finely detailed historical background." —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in the south in the early days of World War II, readers will find the times different, but not Junior’s struggle to grow into a man. Young adults who enjoy historical novels…will appreciate Hostetter’s attention to detail and the realistic way Junior reacts to the personal and political events around him…he learns his lesson about earning respect and overcoming generations of abuse to arrive at a sense of peace by the end of the book.” – VOYA  

"A boy grappling with life-changing decisions, unlikely friendships, and what it means to be a man is at the soul of this story… The year is 1941, and news of World War II simmers in the background… Hostetter’s well-crafted turn of phrase and timely humor all add to the richness of the era. A must-have for historical fiction collections." School Library Journal  

Meet the Author

Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Joyce Moyer Hostetter is the author of four historical novels, including Blue, winner of the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, and its sequel, Comfort. She lives with her husband in North Carolina, close to her two adult children and nine grandchildren.

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