Two seventh graders discover it takes more than grit and a good pair of shoes to run 13.1 miles. You’ve got to have a partner who refuses to let you quit.
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HALF MOON SUMMER by Elaine Vickers Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post on this coming-of-age middle-grade book and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Title: HALF MOON SUMMER
Author: Elaine Vickers
Pub. Date: June 6, 2023
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Drew was never much of a runner. Until his dad’s unexpected diagnosis. Mia has nothing better to do. Until she realizes entering Half Moon Bay’s half-marathon could solve her family’s housing problems. And just like that they decide to spend their entire summer training to run 13.1 miles. Drew and Mia have very different reasons for running, but these two twelve-year-olds have one crucial thing in common (besides sharing a birthday): Hope. For the future. For their families. And for each other.
★ "Drew’s prose is direct and descriptive; Mia uses free verse to capture concise moments and feelings. . . . Uplifting."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review ★ "Via distinct dual perspectives that alternate between Drew’s POV, told in compassionate prose, and Mia’s, conveyed in rhythmic verse, Vickers (Like Magic) vividly captures one emotionally turbulent summer filled with a friendship’s mutual trust and support."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "Vickers deftly distinguishes between the alternating perspectives by composing Drew’s point of view in prose and Mia’s chapters in verse. . . . their perceptiveness and the parallels between their concerns about family finances and relationships greatly enhance the emotional appeal of this story."—The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
I give HALF MOON SUMMER ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
Half Moon Summer is an enchanting middle-grade novel that takes readers on a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and young love. The story revolves around Drew and Mia, two kindred spirits who share an extraordinary connection. From the moment they meet on the day of their birth, it's clear that they are meant to be together. However, fate has other plans as Mia suddenly moves away. The narrative beautifully captures the bittersweet essence of their connection, making it impossible not to root for their reunion.
Mia's return to her grandmother's house brings a glimmer of hope as she finds herself face-to-face with Drew once again. Their interactions are filled with a mix of excitement, trepidation, and a sense of rediscovery. It's as if time has stood still, and they're able to pick up right where they left off. Their conversations are laced with laughter, vulnerability, and the thrill of a friendship blooming anew.
One of the most captivating aspects of Half Moon Summer is the contrasting narrative styles of Mia and Drew. Mia's chapters, written in verse and poetry, provide a deeper glimpse into her thoughts and emotions. The rhythmic flow and vivid imagery of her verses add a layer of beauty and introspection to the story. Drew's chapters, on the other hand, offer a more grounded perspective, showcasing his growth, challenges, and determination. The combination of these two narrative styles creates a harmonious blend, giving readers a multifaceted and immersive reading experience.
Half Moon Summer is a gem of a book that deserves a spot on every school library shelf, parent's bookshelf, and teacher's recommended reading list. Its coming-of-age themes, genuine characters, and beautifully intertwined narratives make it a compelling and resonant read for young readers and adults alike. So grab a copy, head to your favorite reading spot, and get ready to be swept away by this enchanting tale of friendship, love, and the magic of summer.
About Elaine Vickers:
Elaine Vickers lives with her husband and three kids in Southern Utah, where she writes books and teaches college chemistry. She always wanted to be a writer and a teacher, except when she wanted to be an architect, an artist, a pediatrician, a judge, or a famous actress. Visit her at elainevickers.com for book recommendations, science activities, and ideas for starting your own backyard book club.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of HALF MOON SUMMER, US Only.
Ends July 25th, midnight EST