I started Tafe recently (new school) and since I finish at 4:30 most days with a lot more work yet to be done, I keep getting really tired and not only has my inbox gotten out of control I've been forgetting a lot of things too which is leading to me being late on a lot of blog post. I'm starting to balance everything out now but I forgot my post for the Mooncalf tour and with my inbox being crazy, I didn't even notice the reminder emails! Bad Myra! I'm putting the post up now even though it's a month late and the giveaway's finished because I still want to share the awesome book and tens list with you all! And because the tour giveaway is finished I'm also going to add my own giveaway for an e-copy of Mooncalf!
Over Olympia and Leah's heads, Americans race the Russians to the moon; on their television sets young men fight and struggle in the mud of Viet Nam; and America holds its breath between heartbreaking tragedies.
But on Miss Brinker's school bus, in the seat with the rip in the green plastic, Olympia and Leah fall in love, the way children do: immediately, completely, and without knowing or caring why they shouldn't. Olympia Crooms, with her happy hair, and Leah Breck, with her silly red dog, are two smart girls.
Olympia's father works other men's orange groves in rural Central Florida and tells his daughter that school is the best way to reach for the stars. Leah's father moves his family from the Space Coast to the country where she and her brother can climb orange trees, imagine lions in the tall grass, and learn to feed baby cows milk from a bottle.
At Evegan Elementary, two smart girls find each other and have to decide if they will learn the hardest lessons of all: the false traditions of their fathers.
"One of the most admirable things about Mooncalf is that it's difficult to find a single wasted word in the entire book. Granted the book is short; yet, it is very rare to find a book which treats with such delicacy the choosing of each word--each adjective, verb, and noun. Themes, motifs, and symbols are everywhere throughout Mooncalf, and most impressive of all none of it is discarded. Motifs and themes exist in big and small circles in Mooncalf, circling back in on themselves as well as intertwining themselves with the plot and the characters that inhabit it. And those motifs and themes, those messages and those symbols, don't go away once you've finished the book. They stick with you. It's hard to forget Mooncalf."
~ The Thousander Club
"I never expected to be moved to tears by a book meant for adolescents. Buy it, read it, share it, and let yourself be changed by it."
Tens List with Linda Zern
Top Ten Favorite Books From My Childhood
I began reading at four and by fifth grade I was reading college level. I’m not bragging, but I looked at my list and realized some of the books seem pretty grownup. Yikes. I’ve just realized I’m a total geek. Who knew?
1. The scriptures!!!
1. The scriptures!!!
2. The Once And Future King
3. Mistriss Masham’s Repose
4. Gone With the Wind, in high school
5. Bless the Beasts and the Children, in high school
6. All of Walter Farley’s Books: The Black Stallion Series
7. The Narnia Chronicles
8. The Hobbit
9. The Haunting of Hill House
10. Hope for the Flowers
Linda Zern is a native of Florida where she learned to be moonstruck.
She wrote her first children's chapter book, The Pocket Fairies of Middleburg, in 2005. Writer's Digest called "the perspective of these tiny beings [the pocket fairies] refreshing, enchanting, and intriguing."
Florida Publisher's Association was kind enough to award her little book the President's Book Award for best children's book of 2005.
Mrs. Zern has since published an inspirational book, The Long-Promised Song, serving as both writer and illustrator. Three collections of her humorous essays (ZippityZern’s Uncommon Nonsense) can be found at Smashwords.com, and her award winning essays have been recognized and published at HumorPress.com.
Her current project, Mooncalf, is her first work of historical fiction for Middle School readers. Set in rural Central Florida, the author tells the story of two misfit girls and the hard lessons they must learn about friendship and love from their friends, their families, and their world.
The mystical state of Florida remains an enchanted and delightsome place for both Mrs. Zern and her husband of thirty plus years, and so they continue to make their home among the palmettos and armadillos in the historic town of Saint Cloud.
Find the rest of the TOUR HERE!
A kindle copy of Mooncalf by Linda Zern from Amazon.com
-Ends 31st March 2014