COMFORT by Joyce Moyer Hostetter


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Ann Fay struggles with polio as her father returns from World War II in this sequel to Blue (2006). The teenager sees his moodiness, depression and anger, and whispers, “What’s happening to my daddy?” Despite her concerns, when the town of Hickory, N.C., sponsors a trip to Georgia for treatment, she goes. She loves Warm Springs and is pleased with her progress as “a polio,” but her grave family concerns cast a shadow over this. When longtime friend Junior arrives at Warm Springs to tell her that her father’s getting worse, she leaves immediately to find her mother bruised and pregnant and her father gone. She finds help for her father in an unlikely source—a lonely misfit veteran who understands postwar trauma. This continuation of Ann Fay’s story contains vivid descriptions of postwar rural America, polio treatment, small-town life, the ravages of war and the importance of family, all related in her homespun voice. Helpful appendices provide further information. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59078-606-2
Page count: 306pp
Publisher: Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009


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