The very lucky winner of my ARC of True Colors is:
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And for today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday's feature . . .
Katerina's Wish by debut author Jeannie Mobley!
This book came to my attention while browsing a local bookstore. I mean . . . That cover. Those colors. The silhouette. It's perfect. And then I read the jacket flap . . . and knew it was a book that contained so much more than just a story. Tune into giveaway details at the end of this post.
The premise: Thirteen-year-old Katerina and her family arrived in America in 1900 with a dream of owning their own farm. But after almost a year, Katerina's dad is still working in a Colorado coal mine and the dream skids further and further away each day.
What keeps readers reading: A blend of an active plot and the strong characters who bring that active plot to life. This story moves and flows with good times, hard times, tragedies, and celebrations. It is the journey of immigrants, trying to make their American dreams come true. Katerina and her family, a neighbor boy named Mark, and his storyteller father Old Jan live through troubles at the coal mine, encounters with a prejudiced store owner, and so much more. Holding fast to their dreams sometimes seems like a foolish thing, but sometimes dreams are all you have.
What I loved: Katerina's resilience and her bravery. In the face of constant change, Katerina changes--each time with a dream tucked in her pocket and a will to keep dreaming, despite what other people and her life circumstances throw her way.
Jeannie Mobley has offered a copy of Katerina's Wish for giveaway! Enter by 8pm Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by commenting on this post. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. Winner announced Monday, November 19th. And join me Thursday for an interview with Jeannie Mobley!
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