Author: Anola Pickett
Release Date: July 2013
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Genre: Middle Grade Historical
What a sweet, tender, amazing book!
I sat down to read it and didn't get up until it was finished it was so captivating!
A story told from the heart with all the passion of a young girl trying to make it in a man's world.
Primmy Hopkins just wants to help people and make a difference.
She wants to follow in her father's footsteps and be a part of the US Life Savers Service, for Primmy longs for the adventures of the sea and the seashore. She also wants to help those who have been shipwrecked.
But it is 1913 and women can't do that! Everyone just wants her to learn how to cook and clean and take care of her future husband and future babies.
When an invitation from her estranged mother comes asking for Primmy to visit, Primmy has to make some very grown up decisions.
And when a large storm hits the island Primmy has a chance to make new friendships and prove to everyone just what she is made of.
I LOVE this quote:
"Mama Lu believes the events of life often bring lessons when we most need them. I ponder this as I look at our yard crowded with family and friends. Filled with hugging and clapping and laughter. What lessons have recent events brought me?"
Take time to read this book...you will be glad you did!
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About the Author
Anola Pickett is a former teacher and school librarian who writes for both children and adults. She began composing stories as a busy third grader, and her most recent book, Whisper Island, is now available.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she has traveled throughout the United States and the world, often to visit her son, Gerry, and his wife, Kara, who currently live in Hong Kong. She has found inspiration as nearby as the block where she grew up and as far away as the streets of Abu Dhabi.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustratorsand Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens. Her first children's book, Old Enough for Magic, was published in 1993 by Harper & Row; her short fiction and articles have appeared in dozens of publications across the United States. A teaching resource manual she co-wrote, Multiple Intelligences and Positive Life Habits, was published in 2001 and Wasatch Summer, her first historical young adult novel, was published in 2011.
Anola holds a master's degree in inner-city education and has taught at urban schools in Chicago and Kansas City. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, Peter.