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Blue With her father away at war to fight Hitler a young girl gains strength by joining her community in battling polio in this Parents Choice Silver Honor Book based on the epidemic and the Miracle

  • Title: Blue
  • Author: Joyce Moyer Hostetter
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • With her father away at war to fight Hitler, a young girl gains strength by joining her community in battling polio in this Parents Choice Silver Honor Book based on the 1944 epidemic and the Miracle of Hickory Hospital in Hickory, North Carolina Ann Fay Honeycutt accepts the role of man of the house when her father leaves because she wants to do her part for the waWith her father away at war to fight Hitler, a young girl gains strength by joining her community in battling polio in this Parents Choice Silver Honor Book based on the 1944 epidemic and the Miracle of Hickory Hospital in Hickory, North Carolina Ann Fay Honeycutt accepts the role of man of the house when her father leaves because she wants to do her part for the war She s doing well with the extra responsibilities when a frightening polio epidemic strikes, crippling many local children Her town of Hickory responds by creating an emergency hospital in three days Ann Fay reads each issue of the newspaper for the latest news of the epidemic But soon she discovers for herself just how devastating polio can be As her challenges grow, so does her resourcefulness In the face of tragedy, Ann Fay discovers her ability to move forward She experiences the healing qualities of friendship and explores the depths of her own faithfulness to those she loves even to one she never expected to love at all.

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    1. Amanda Coburn on said:

      Such a moving and inspiring story that is so close to home and "real history" from our area.

    2. Jessica on said:

      Really liked this story based on the true story of a hospital for polio patients in Hickory, NC in the 1940s. The characters were realistic as were their struggles and issues(illness, death, friendship, racial segregation, responsibility, rationing, WWII). It was refreshing to hear the tale through the eyes of a 13 year old girl who was ecstatic to be left as "the man of the house" where her father left to fight WWII, although no child should ever have to go through what she went through. Unfort [...]

    3. Joy E. Rancatore on said:

      INCREDIBLE!!I already knew from watching the book trailer and talking to a friend who had read it that I would enjoy this book; but I was not prepared for just how much I would fall in love with Ann Fay Honeycutt, Junior Bledsoe, Imogene Wilfong and Joyce Moyer Hostetter's captivating writing style. If I had a full afternoon to devote to reading, this book would have been read in three hours--I did NOT want to put it down!Blue presents not only survival during the atrocities of WWII and the deva [...]

    4. Kristen Jorgensen on said:

      We read this as a reading group and it was enriching. My daughter picked it up today and is already halfway through the book. We had to practically pry it from her hands to get her to go to sleep. I would encourage people to read this one.

    5. Candice on said:

      This book was amazing! It is literaly, no joke, by far the BEST book I have ever read. I loved this book. The story and all the events were great and extremely interesting and it had a lot of good facts as well. I literaly laughed out loud, and cried while reading this book!

    6. Heather on said:

      This book was just wonderful. The writing is lovely, and the story is compelling. **Alamance Reads 2009 Selection**

    7. Karen on said:

      Local author (Hickory NC area) writes about WWII and the polio epidemic in 1944 - 1945. Very sweet, sad story that I could not put down. Stayed up way too late finishing this last night.

    8. Alex Baugh on said:

      'If you ask folks around here what they remember about the year 1944,A child might say, "That was the year my daddy went off to fight Hitler."A mother might look off towards Bakers Mountain and whisper that polio snatched up one of her young'uns.And the Hickory Daily Record will say that my hometown gave birth to a miracle.' (pg9)It is January 1944. Everyone in Hickory, NC is focused on the war, including Ann Fay Honeycutt’s family, especially now that her father is off to war to fight Hitler. [...]

    9. Mary Carol on said:

      I cried so hard and laughed so hard, and thought to myself, I should write a book. And if I write a book, I want it to have all the wonderful qualities that Blue has. Characters are so real and lovable, I found myself reading it out loud and doing everyone’s accents. I love taking an historical event- in this case wwII and the polio epidemic of 1944,l- and creating a family’s beautiful and heartbreaking story from it. It took me a little bit to get past the dialect the author uses, without c [...]

    10. Beatrice on said:

      Blue is a wonderful but sad book. Bobby, Ann Fay's brother dies of polio and Ann gets polio but survives and her father goes off to war to fight Hitler. What surprised me is Pete the dog died. Pete was so happy with Bobby and he died of sadness because Bobby died of Polio. My favorite character was Bobby because of how adorable he was. Great book! Try it! I liked it because the book kept encouraging me to go on. The ending is great and should not be changed because it is better like this and if [...]

    11. michelle on said:

      This book was marvelous and my 10 year old adored it as well. When Ann Fay's father goes off to fight in WWII, she is left as the "man of the house" to take care of her mother, two younger sisters, and a younger brother. But while her father is away, her home town of Hickory, NC gets severely hit by polio. A wonderful work of historical fiction that looks at how polio ravaged our country as well as race relations in the 1940s from the eyes of a child. Excellent!

    12. Rachel on said:

      Book 15/15 for 2017-2018 EBoB: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it told the story of the polio epidemic in a heartfelt and relatable way. I was immediately drawn to Ann Fay and her family, and I could feel both her emotional and physical pain throughout the book. I thought the race relations of the time were depicted in an honest yet careful way, and I was immediately transported to the emergency hospital through the author’s vivid descriptions.

    13. Medeia Sharif on said:

      Ann has a lot on her plate. Her father has gone off to fight in WWII, she has younger siblings to take care of, and with her overalls she's now the "man of the house" since she's the eldest child. When tragedy hits, Ann is pushed to the brink, but there's always love, hope, and friendship to rely on. I won this in a blog giveaway contest years ago and I'm so glad I had a chance to read it.

    14. Jessica Hathcock on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a beautiful story of family, love, and tragedy. I really liked reading a book set in my home state in an area that I am familiar with. I would recommend this to anyone interested in historical fiction. Warning - It is highly emotional. I can't wait to read more about Ann Fay Honeycutt.

    15. Sharlini on said:

      This book made me cry. It's a children's book, (Battle of the Books choice) and beautifully written. I personally think it's too heavy for elementary school children, but it is very thoroughly researched, rich with local dialect, and beautifully written. I am going to read the other books in this series, and going to visit the Hickory hospital museum the first chance I get!

    16. Kellene on said:

      A wonderful story about the polio epidemic in Catawba County, NC and the "Miracle of Hickory" as seen through the eyes of the adolescent Ann Fay. Through her journey, Ann Fay comes to understand that life is hard and immensely unfair, that people are people and prejudices are wrong, and that we are all fragile but also as tough as hickory.

    17. Stacey on said:

      I wasn't really into this book for the first half of it, but as I got further in I really started connecting with and liking the main character. It's crazy to think that a polio epidemic was happening at the same time as World War II. I liked many of the themes that were explored and some of the passages were really beautiful. A very fast and easy read.

    18. Natalie on said:

      Absolutely loved this! Such a heartwarming story about a strong, young girl during the polio epidemic during WWII. Her father goes to war and she has to help take care of her family during this hard time. I learned a lot about the polio epidemic too!

    19. JESSICA BRINKLEY on said:

      A great read for all agesI gave tBlue all Stars,for being an educational fiction story. A book that will grab you into the past, and naked you feel emotionally attached to the characters.

    20. Katie on said:

      I really enjoyed this one. I haven't read any books set during World War II that talk about the polio epidemic. I found it quite interesting and I really liked the characters. Recommended. Would make a good read-aloud for kids 10+ as well.

    21. Christy on said:

      An emotional historical novel for young readers. How scary to be a parent during a polio epidemic. The author's writing felt very genuine and real. She writes about very painful things but the characters endure & depend on each other to survive.

    22. Teri on said:

      BOB title. I was quickly hooked into the story of Ann Fay. I didn't like the tragedy that affected her, but did admire the character. I was also interested in the author's notes at the end of the book. Polio must have been very scary.

    23. Ashley Moody on said:

      What a sweet story with tons of historical significance. And I loved that it was local!

    24. Stephanie on said:

      Cute, entertaining, a window into local medical history as well as a national epidemic. I suspect elementary and middle grade readers would be into this.

    25. Tonya on said:

      This was a heartfelt and compelling story of a family who suffered tragedy and loss but always remained strong in their love for one another. It was a very engaging story and even though it was fiction, it was very informative about how polio affected so many lives.

    26. Katherine Wilson on said:

      Growing up in the small town of Hickory, North Carolina, reading this book in elementary school was almost a tradition. It was an honor to reread it again for the "historical fiction" category of WOW books.Anna Fay Honeycutt loved her father and her family, but was not prepared for taking care of her family as her father went off to war in World War II. Polio was the buzz of the town as there was an epidemic, and one day when her brother collapses in front of her eyes, everything changes. Her ho [...]

    27. Rebecca on said:

      This story is about a year in the life of Ann Fay Honeycutt, a 13-year-old from Hickory, North Carolina in 1944. Her dad is sent to war in the beginning of the book and he gives her a pair of overalls so she can be the "man of the house" while he's gone. This proves to be more responsibility than anyone bargained for. Her initial jobs are to plant and care for their garden, watch her 6-year-old twin sisters and 4-year-old brother, Bobby, (and try to get them to help with chores) and help their m [...]

    28. Deborah on said:

      "Blue" is a lovely, small book that is both heart-warming and informative. Written about the great Hickory, NC Polio Epidemic of 1944, during WWII, the story involves a sweet, naive family whose father has left for war and who are left to carry on in a harsh and inprotected environment. The eldest daughter, just barely a teen-ager, Ann Fay, is given a set of overalls and instructions by her dad to be the "man of the house" while he's awaya daunting task for any child. It is Ann Fay who takes on [...]

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