Blue

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Ann Fay Honeycutt accepts the role of "man of the house" when her father leaves to fight Hitler because she wants to do her part for the war in this Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book. 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 1944 epidemic, but soon she discovers for herself just how ...
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Ann Fay Honeycutt accepts the role of "man of the house" when her father leaves to fight Hitler because she wants to do her part for the war in this Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book. 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 1944 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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"The intriguing history of the illness and the powerful first-person voice will propel readers through to the novel's deeply satisfying conclusion." --Booklist

"Chock full of life, history and character development. . . . The subject of polio is a rare one in children's fiction, and these characters and their story are worth getting to know." --Kirkus Reviews

"Chock full of life, history and character development. ...The subject of polio is a rare one in children's fiction, and these characters and their story are worth getting to know." --Kirkus Reviews

"This fascinating book will keep the reader captivated until the very last page." --Children's Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788356
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 130,966
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Joyce Moyer Hostetter received a BA in early childhood education at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. She continued her studies on the graduate level in special education at the University of North Carolina--Charlotte and in art at James Madison University in Virginia. She lives in Newton, North Carolina.
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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Beautiful, Heartwarming Novel

    Great Hickory NC Polio Epidemic of 1944

    "Blue" is a lovely, small book that is both heart-warming and historic. Written about the great Hickory, NC Polio Epidemic of 1944, during WWII, the novel involves a sweet, naive family whose father has left for war and who are left to carry on in a harsh and unprotected environment. The little band consists of a young mother, her 13 yr. old daughter, Ann Fay, twin elementery-aged girls, and a pre-school little boy.

    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 away...a daunting task for any child. It is Ann Fay who takes on the burden of guilt when her baby brother is struck down with polio, and when she is also taken with polio and removed from her family.

    "Blue" has won a bushelful of awards for children's literature. It is a very special book. However, its beauty also makes it a most worthy read for adults and those who enjoy YA fiction, as well.

    Having a mother who was a polio patient in Hickory, NC, at this epidemic in 1944, made me very interested in this book! (See my earlier interviews and mentions of this book on my blog)

    Although it's a fiction novel, Ms Hostetter recounts the particulars of the disease, the hospital-like facilities, and the therapies as my own mother recalls them. So, there is much truth to her fiction.

    The book is also a moral tale. So much of the simple values and morality of a common way of living in the South are protrayed in "Blue," and the faith that uplifts all of her friends and relatives in Ann Fay's community are deeply moving.

    I recommend this book without reservation to my friends and all readers of YA fiction, historic fiction and medical history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    I love is book I will always recommed it to anyone!!!!! It is aw

    I love is book I will always recommed it to anyone!!!!! It is awesome

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Excellent Teaching Story

    This is a wonderful historical fiction that I just shared with my fourth grade classroom. I was so impressed with how much they learned and the questions this novel brought up. I could not have planned individual lessons that more vividly captured the interest of my students.

    This book is set in an area that is very close to our school and is created around a real life polio hospital that was created to combat the epidemic in the 1940's in our area. The characters are strong, loveable, and determined. The story revolves around the polio epidemic and WWII and how they affect one strong, rural family's life.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    Listening to my Granddaughter

    While visiting with my Granddaughters in June, my oldest asked me to read this book and tell her what I thought about it. What a wonderful read this is! I finished it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. The story of 2 little girls who have polio and happen to be of different ethnic families during the 2nd World War is wonderful. You learn about polio and how it was handled in the early '40s and also about racial diecrimination. Hannah and I talked about the book at length and we both agreed that it should be a must read for 5th grade and up. I loved it so much, I bought this book and the next, "Comfort", for my other daughter's 5th grade reading classes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2009

    Polio in Hickory

    I remember the polio epidemic nationwide. I was living up North but this story really brought it back for me. I remember getting the vaccines & some of the kids where I lived had gotten polio & had to wear the braces on their legs. I was so impressed with the writting that I sent a copy of the book to my 9 year old granddaughter.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    I Absolutly Love Blue

    Blue is a great and thrilling book! Ann Fay Honeycutt and her entire family are going through a hard time in the years of 1944-1945. Her father is in the war and her little brother gets polio and dies. Then she gets polio! This a heartwarming story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

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    Blue: By Joyce Hostetter

    Wow. This book is wonderful. I absolutely loved the story and the plot. I live in Hickory, so this book was a kind of inspiration for me. I stayed up extra late reading it, it was so good.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

    Ann Fay Honeycutt is only thirteen, but she's already the man of the house. This is thanks to her daddy leaving to fight in the war against Hitler and leaving his blue overalls for Ann Fay to fill. <BR/><BR/>Trying to keep the wisteria she loves from choking the vegetable garden she's been charged to tend is nearly a full-time job, and that's without counting the extra work of taking care of her baby brother and twin sisters. <BR/><BR/>Ann Fay thinks these will be her greatest challenges while her daddy is off at war. But then a polio epidemic hits their hometown of Hickory, North Carolina, and Ann Fay learns what real challenge is. <BR/><BR/>This is a remarkable story of courage and of a spirit that cannot be broken. The flowing language this author uses is just gorgeous, and the voice of Ann Fay is as unique as they come. I stayed up late to read the next chapter and then the next -- one of the highest compliments I can give a book.

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    Posted October 20, 2007

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    Ann Fay Honeycutt is only thirteen, but she's already the man of the house. This is thanks to her daddy leaving to fight in the war against Hitler and leaving his blue overalls for Ann Fay to fill. Trying to keep the wisteria she loves from choking the vegetable garden she's been charged to tend is nearly a full-time job, and that's without counting the extra work of taking care of her baby brother and twin sisters. Ann Fay thinks these will be her greatest challenges while her daddy is off at war. But then a polio epidemic hits their hometown of Hickory, North Carolina, and Ann Fay learns what real challenge is. This is a remarkable story of courage and of a spirit that cannot be broken. The flowing language this author uses is just gorgeous, and the voice of Ann Fay is as unique as they come. I stayed up late to read the next chapter and then the next -- one of the highest compliments I can give a book. **Reviewed by: Julie M. Prince

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Good for all ages

    What a well written book and also one that inspired me to do further research on polio and US History during that period. The author has a great writing style and character development, I could not put the book down until I was through it. Recommended for adults and teens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    Outstanding

    Joyce Moyer Hostetter writes Ann Fay so real, it broke my heart that I couldn't jump in there and help her, and so strong, that I knew if I sat back and read, Ann Fay would work it out. It was a beautifully written story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Excellent Read

    I enjoyed reading Blue so much. I had a very hard time putting it down. I most enjoyed reading about the era in which it takes place. I also enjoyed reading about Hickory, NC which is where I live. The characters were very real to me, and it was easy to become attached to them. It will touch your heart.

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