Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blog tour ~ "Callahan Crossroads" by Anola Pickett

Callahan Crossroads by Anola Pickett

Source: Received to Review
Genre: Coming of Age Historical Fiction

Book Description:  Twelve-year-old George’s family won’t take him seriously. He’s ready to fight like a man on the front lines of the Great War, but instead he gets stuck on the home front, with nothing more exciting to do than look out for his younger sisters and elderly neighbor, Mrs. Schmitt.
But with no sign of victory in Europe, things are getting more and more tense at home, especially after George’s older brother makes a startling announcement.
Set in 1918 Kansas City, this old-fashioned family drama brings you to the heart of the World War I home front. Issue-drive and entertaining, it’s a coming-of-age story that will still resonate with readers today.

My thoughts:   I have found this story to be engaging and well written.  The first thing that drew me to the book was the title.  I grew up with a Callahan family.  It's kind of funny the things that will be the deciding factor to reading a book.

George is a twelve year old boy who likes to have fun and do things with his friend.  As the story begins he gets himself in trouble being a normal boy.  I really like the voice used in the story.  He doesn't mean to do things like break a window, but he does.   His voice reminds me of some of my favorite kids fiction.  Trouble seems to find him.

I have not finished the book, so I did not give it a rating.  I am enjoying it and I am positive that I will enjoy it until the end.  (My twelve year old  son has been in a baseball tournament this week and they won the championship.)

Full review is to come.

About the Author:  Anola Pickett is a Kansas City native, and although she’s lived in Chicago, St. Louis and Massachusetts, she’s always come back home. The oldest of six children, she grew up in a family that emphasized the importance of reading and education. She began writing stories in the third grade and went on to become a teacher and school librarian. Now retired from the classroom, she devotes a big part of her day to writing and research for historical novels for young readers. She especially prizes the stories her parents and grandmother told about their growing-up years in Kansas City.
Pickett enjoys school and library visits to talk about her books and about the craft of writing. She and her husband Peter Doyle enjoy traveling, especially to Hong Kong, where they visit their son and daughter-in-law and a beautiful red-haired granddaughter!

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