Monday, November 5, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: True Colors (with ARC giveaway!)

True Colors by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock releases officially on November 13th. But, sneaky me, I have an ARC that I've already read, and the very best thing I can think of to do with an ARC is share it! Giveaway details at the end of this post.

The premise: On the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Hannah Spooner found a baby on her doorstep and named her Blue. Blue, now ten years old, loves Hannah and their life on their Vermont farm . . . but she can't help wondering about her mother.

What keeps readers reading: Blue's journey. It's not a journey of the physical kind; instead it's a journey in finding family history and finding where she fits. There is richness in this multi-layered story -- it's the story of a girl and where she came from, and it's also the story of a town and where it came from. Also bundled in the layers is the age-old question of "just who counts as family?" and how friendships change as the years go by. Holding all the layers together is Blue and her journey of understanding herself.

What I loved: Oh wow. Dare I say I loved the symbols in this novel? As an English teacher I believe I can and will. :-) There is a quilting symbol and a cat symbol and a cow symbol (among others) -- all woven into the story's very fiber and providing deep undertones. Maybe they'll go unnoticed by middle grade readers (and that's okay), but they are beautiful stitches in this novel's fabric.

To enter the giveaway of my ARC, simply comment on this post by 8pm CST on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Blog followers get their names in the hat twice. U.S. mailing addresses only please (I apologize for this, but I've had so many giveaways in the past few months, I had to do it this way). Winner announced on Monday, November 12th.

For more middle grade links, see Shannon Messenger's blog. 
Happy middle grade reading!  

26 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book. I love how you spotlight some historical stories. I'm sorry to let someone else win but I don't have time to read it right now and want someone to enjoy it.

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  2. This really does sound like an interesting book. And now I really want to know how the symbols work in this story. We have adopted kids in my family and I know they wonder about their birth mother, too. Umm, perhaps this would be a great book for them.

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  3. Let me just be honest and say, "I hope I win!" If not, I'll definitely get this book. It sounds like an enjoyable read. :)

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  4. I like the sounds of this one! Sounds like it would be well paired with Three Times Lucky. No worries on the U.S. only! I will be sure to get and read this one.

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  5. I love journey books. I'll be putting this one on my TBR. Thanks for running the giveaway.

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  6. The historical fiction aspect of this book intrigues me, and, as a former English teacher myself, I loved your comment about the symbolism! It sounds like Natalie's done a lovely job. Thanks for sharing this, Barbara

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  7. Thanks for the review and give away! It sounds like an interesting book. I also love reading books that take place during a different time.

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  8. I would love to win this book. It sounds so compelling.

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  9. Since both my kids are adopted I love books about families that aren't necessarily blood relatives. It sounds like something I'd love and probably want my kids to read as they get older and have questions about, well, everything.

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  10. This sounds like such a touching story. I love symbols, too. ;)

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  11. Well, you know how much I loved this book. :) Obviously, don't enter me in the giveaway, but I wanted to say how much I loved your quilting metaphors.

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  12. Wish I lived in the US! (Just so I could enter the contest. I'm actually quite happy in Canada!) I always like stories of lost kids finding families, so I'll keep my eyes open for this one.

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  13. I love symbols, too, even if they go over my head most of the time. :D

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  14. It's great that there are lots of things in this one - even if you don't catch everything the first time, it sounds like one you could read several times and get something new out of it.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  15. This sounds like a great book and I love that it takes place the same time as a big event like Pearl Harbor. This is one I'll definitely have to read : )

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  16. This book really appeals to me. I love HF and the characters souns awesome. The name Blue is so cool! I would love to read this one and thanks for the giveaway.
    ~Jess
    (also a blog follower)

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  17. Oh it sounds fab. And very unique! I love symbols too, altho I agree they're most likely lost on MG ages. I'm a bit behind on my MG reading due to all the pressing YAs. lol

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  18. This sounds like an interesting story. Thanks for drawing my attention to it. (Don't enter me in your giveaway, I'm from Canada).

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  19. I'm so jealous of your ARCs! This one sounds fabulous. I also love a story with strong symbolism. Thanks for another great rec!

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  20. I love the idea of this, and I love Vermont too.
    Yay!

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  21. Spotting symbols in novels is always so much fun. Glad to hear you were able to do heaps of that for this one! :)

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  22. I know I can always rely on you for great MG pics for my daughter!

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  23. Trying really hard without success here to think of any cow symbolism I know... The baby-on-the-doorstep beginning doesn't seem like it would be believable, but I guess the author is a good one and made it so.

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  24. Every time I visit on mondays all I want to do is run to a bookstore and pick up the book you featured. This one is no different. :)

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  25. All of my kids are adopted, and I'm a quilter, so this book sounds wonderful. I have a degree in English too! So glad I found your blog since I teach 7th grade Language Arts, and I'm always looking for new books for my classroom library.

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