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Blue Paperback – August 1, 2010
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Her middle grade Language Arts teacher told her she'd be a great writer some day so she began working hard to live up to that goal. However,she spent some years raising her two children, running a preschool, and teaching special education before turning to writing as a career.
She is now the author of four historical novels and has several in-progress. Her book BLUE about a North Carolina polio epidemic won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award in addition to other honors. The sequel, Comfort is now available. Healing Water, her book about Hawaii's leprosy settlement, is not nearly as depressing as it sounds!
Joyce has always loved history and she's crazy about research. She loves scrounging up some powerful hidden bit of history and sharing it with the world through compelling fiction. Although her novels are geared toward middle graders, they are widely enjoyed by adults as well.
Joyce speaks at schools, conferences, and conventions about her books and the history behind them. She also speaks about the writing process.
When she is not writing and speaking she's likely to be pulling weeds or planting flowers with the help of her husband and a grandchild or two. Or three. Or five.
Top Customer Reviews
Ann Fay Honeycutt's father's going to war. It's 1944 and American troops are constantly shipping out. Before he leaves, Ann Fay's daddy hands her a pair of overalls and informs his eldest daughter that she's going to have to be the man of the house while he's gone. Ann Fay feels up to the job, taking care of her siblings and tending the family's garden in her dad's absence. Unfortunately, there's a polio epidemic in this part of North Carolina and before anyone knows it the dread disease grabs ahold of Ann Fay's little brother Bobby. Now Ann Fay has to deal with a horribly depressed mother and twin little sisters all in the midst of remaining under a quarantine. When Ann Fay herself comes down with polio, however, she makes the acquaintance of a colored girl and begins to accept what has happened to her with a kind of grace.
Now I have a low down-home-folksy-goodness-mixed-with-hopeful-wisdom tolerance.Read more ›
The tough,funny,true-to-the-South characters, make this a heart tangling story of a young girl's toughness in the face of her father's absence in World War II, the terrifying polio epidemic that sweeps over her home town and her first heart-to-heart sense of what segregation has done to girls just like her, except that they are black.
The story is beautifully written giving a sense of the red clay, the wisteria and the natural environment. Research notes look extensive, but this story reads to the heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a well written book and also one that inspired me to do further research on polio and US History during that period. I absolutely love this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing! I loved it! I live about 10 miles from this hospital but I never knew anything about it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a very sad book that at some points made me cry but I was happy to see that everything turned out to be okay in the endPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book and wish that all young adults would read it. To me it has the same poignancy of To Kill A Mockingbird, but it is very readable for a younger group of people. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel
Blue was a very well writen book. The firt time I read it really inspired me; after that I read it about twenty more times! I also recommend the sequel;comfortPublished 8 months ago by a. chenzaie
This is a fabulous book about World War II, polio, and growing up in the south in the 1940s. I read it with my 6th grade Language Arts class and it was a real eye-opener to some of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kniffin
This is a story of great sorrow and happiness. So many surprises, and if you are thinking about reading this book, know you really can't miss a word. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Camcarslin
Even though this is a young adult book...we read it for book club. Very good discussion.Published 11 months ago by D H