Wednesday, July 1, 2009

~Cover Attraction! 7/1/09

Cover Attraction is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. She says "I'm a very visual person and love beautiful or interesting cover art. It entices, and invites me to stop and take a peek, instead of walking right on by.

I definitely agree! I was drawn to this book because of its cover. It brings memories of childhood, going to the fair, smells of cotton candy and popcorn, and of course, riding the ferris wheel. I do not own this book, but I have requested it from PBS.

From Publishers Weekly
Martin (Belle Teal; the Baby-Sitters Club series) hints at a life-changing event from the first paragraph of this novel narrated by a perceptive and compassionate 12-year-old, and set in the summer of 1960. Hattie Owen had been anticipating a summer as comfortably uneventful as all the others ("I just want things all safe and familiar," she admits), helping her mother run their boarding house, painting alongside her artist father and reading "piles" of books. Then Uncle Adam (whom Hattie never knew existed) makes a surprise entrance, turning everything upside-down. Hattie's mother says that Uncle Adam has "mental problems." Hattie's grandparents act embarrassed whenever he is around, and her peers laugh at him. The author authentically conveys the ripples Adam sends through this small town. The heroine is continually amazed by his outlandish antics, moved by his sudden mood changes and secretly wonders if she and Adam might be kindred spirits. Hattie finds adventure and tragedy as well as enlightenment as she "lifts the corners of [her] universe" in order to better understand Adam. With characteristic tenderness and wisdom, the author portrays the complex relationship between the sympathetic heroine and her uncle ("I feel a little like his baby-sitter, a little like his mother, not at all like his niece, and quite a bit like his friend"). Readers will relate to Hattie's fear of being as "different" as Adam, and will admire her willingness to befriend an outcast. Hearts will go out to both Hattie and Adam as they step outside the confines of their familiar world to meet some painful challenges. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

~Doesn't it sound wonderful! I love stories that take place in the 1960's! I can't wait to read this one!

What is YOUR cover attraction?


Dar said...

Missy, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the cover was being a kid going to the exhibition. It does sound good-I hope you get to read it.

Bookworm said...

I just love how haunting it is, with the blurriness and slightly muted colors. It is eyecatching and very cool!

Yvonne said...

It definitely reminds me of my childhood. Good choice.

Kitten said...

This is a part of Jenners' "Take a Chance Challenge": Choosing a book solely for its cover. Missy, I think you just helped me choose a book to complete this part of the challenge! :) I appreciate your help!! :) :)

Diane said...

this is a great cover; have to check this book out. thanks


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