Product Details
List Price:
$7.95
Ages:
10 to 18
Grades:
6 to 9
Pages:
200
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Published:
08/2010
Imprint:
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-835-6
Lexile Level:
780L

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Overview

Ann Fay Honeycutt accepts the role of "man of the house" when her father leaves to fight Hitler because she wants to do her part for the war in this Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book. She's doing well with the extra responsibilities when a frightening polio epidemic strikes, crippling many local children. Her town of Hickory responds by creating an emergency hospital in three days. Ann Fay reads each issue of the newspaper for the latest news of the 1944 epidemic, but soon she discovers for herself just how devastating polio can be. As her challenges grow, so does her resourcefulness. In the face of tragedy, Ann Fay discovers her ability to move forward. She experiences the healing qualities of friendship and explores the depths of her own faithfulness to those she loves—even to one she never expected to love at all.

Reviews

"The intriguing history of the illness and the powerful first-person voice will propel readers through to the novel's deeply satisfying conclusion." --Booklist

"Chock full of life, history and character development. ...The subject of polio is a rare one in children's fiction, and these characters and their story are worth getting to know." --Kirkus Reviews

"This fascinating book will keep the reader captivated until the very last page." --Children's Literature

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Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Joyce Moyer Hostetter is the author of Blue, winner of the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, and other historical novels. She received a BA in early childhood education at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Since then, she has continued her studies on the graduate level in special education at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and art at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband in Hickory, North Carolina, near her two adult children and nine grandchildren.

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