Aim (Bakers Mountain Stories) (Hardcover)

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World War II looms over the U.S. while fourteen-year-old Junior Bledsoe struggles with anger and identity after his father's death—“a must-have for historical fiction collections” (School Library Journal)

As World War II threatens the United States in 1941, Junior Bledsoe fights his own battles at home. He struggles with school and with anger—at his late father, his insufferable granddaddy, his neighbors, and himself—as he desperately tries to find his own aim in life.
 
But he finds relief 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 novel about a boy learning to accept the past and create his own future also includes an author's note and bibliography.

About the Author


Joyce Moyer Hostetter is the author of Best Friends Forever. 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 near Hickory.

Praise For…


"A boy grappling with life-changing decisions, unlikely friendships, and what it means to be a man is at the soul of this story... 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

"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

"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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781629796734
ISBN-10: 1629796735
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Bakers Mountain Stories