Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter [E–pub Free]
Country bumpkin in the shadow Of A MOVIE STAR P29I A MOVIE STAR P29I SEEING movie star p29I oved seeing sisters from each other s POV This is Ida talking about their different reactions to their fatherEllie wasn t scared of Daddy the way I was She was I robot dellalba like Ann Fay Bold Always actingike there was no mountain so tall she couldn t climb it No race so fast she couldn t win it And no daddy so mean she couldn t charm him p42In this section Ellie thinks about taking Latin in
schoolIda wouldn t want me to because then we wouldn t have wouldn t want me to because then we wouldn t have our classes together But that also meant I wouldn t always be compared to her I could have a class that was all my own A hard one that she couldn t show me up in P59Ida feels The Cinema of David Cronenberg lost and shy in their new school but Arnie a fellow freshman reaches out to her Ellie who is used to being the strong twin sees Ida with Arnie and suddenly realizes that Ida might not need her any What s worse is that Ellie has a huge crush on Arnie This conflicteads to tension and misunderstanding between the sisters Throughout the book the word drive is used in a number of ways One of the plot threads is Ellie s passion for racing and the Hickory Motor Speedway Whereas Ida can t stand the noise and grit of the races Ellie thrives on the excitement and exhilaration of watching the cars zoom around the track Unfortunately this The Best of Philip K. Dick love for a thrilling adventureeads to a devastating accident Without a spoiler Never Let Me Go let me simply say that Ida is the only one who can bring Ellie out of the no man sand of her near death injury Joyce interlaces history throughout this skillfully written story The 1952 presidential election the threat of communism and the Korean conflict are all important backdrops to the drama taking place in the Final Reckoning (Babylon 5: Saga of Psi Corps, little town of Hickory But that s not what made me tear up Forgivenessove character growth individual accomplishments against high stakes all of these made me root for both Ida and Ellie as I m sure you will too Although written for the upper middle grade reader adults will also resonate with the coming of age theme interwoven into DRIVE As I told Joyce I m a The Dreaming Jewels lotike Ellie I think many of us will see a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea little bit of ourselves in the two sisters And isn t that what a great book is aboutEPILOGUE IdaAfter Daddy came home from warwith wounds we couldn t seeand moods he couldn t predictI pulled back andet Ellie take the Greystone Tavern leadI didn t mind so much if she wanted to run on pastand steal the show from meI didn t need to be seen or heard the way she didArt was my voiceBut then in her race to be firstEllie crashedand I had to go around her to face scary unknownsand accept good things that came my wayI think we bothearnedthat The Time Machine life is not a race with one of us winningand the otherosingWe can drive on our own separate trackswithout competingAnd when we doWe The Voyeurs ll each come out a winner p 342GIVEAWAY Since so many of Joyce s fans read my blog Boyds Mills Press kindly agreed to give away TWO copies of DRIVE Leave me a comment by October 11 with your email address if you are new to my blog wwwcarolbaldwinblogblogspotcom If you want additional chances to win share this on social media or follow my blog and Il add your name twice to the hat but make sure you tell me what you di. The same charming classmate at their new high school But a devastating car accident renews the sisters' deep bond and forces them to reverse their roles Set against the backdrop of the nuclear arms race and the 1952 presidential election this coming of age story is told in the twins' alternating voic. This is the review I wrote for SFBR Twins Ida and Ellie Honeycutt are Cordelias Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, looking forward to moving on to theocal high school They have always been together in the same classes even sharing a bed Nothing has ever come between them But Ellie the chatty one has ideas about taking different classes than Ida the uiet artistic one And when the girls meet a boy named Arne both are interested He chooses Ida a surprise to both Ellie and Ida and it complicates everything The jealous feelings Ellie has set her on a dangerous path The girls father is still suffering from PTSD a dangerous path The girls father is still suffering from PTSD his time in World War II and his problems put terrible pressure on the entire family Author Joyce Moyer Hostetter has written a rich complex addition to her Baker s Mountain series She transports readers to the small town of Hickory North Carolina in the 1950s with her heartfelt storytelling realistically flawed and relatable characters exceptional historical research and clean clear writing For readers who have already discovered the Baker s Mountain books this will be a very welcome addition For new readers this book stands well on its own and will undoubtedly send them ooking for books in the series It is definitely worth reading When Ida Honeycutt and Ellie Honeycutt both fall for the very same charming boy and classmate I wanted to read this because the synopsis explained how a character battles PTSD As someone who suffers from PTSD I was intrigued to connect to this story Instead I had no idea how much of an effort I would have to force myself to use to make it to the next page The characters were annoying Ann Fay was stuck up Ellie was impetuous oud impulsive and dramatic Ida was bland and Jackie was just bloody annoying None of the characters even tried to understand the father s PTSD They couldn t comprehend why he couldn t get out of bed and how oud noises scared him They refused to put t get out of bed and how oud noises scared him They refused to put in his shoes and imagine what he went through in WWII What he needed was respect and comfort Not tantrums disrespect and hostility The grammar was cringe worthy and yes I know those who The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, Vol. 2 lived in the country back in the 50s talkedike that I meet people every day who still do and I The Night Stalker (Robert Hunter, live outside of Hickory but the speech was awful Ellie wanted to go to Yale and I kept thinking you can t speak English properly They will neveret you near Yale This novel was too ong for a juvenile book in my opinion especially since it was slow moving and filled with drama The first in this series Blue is popular in our community based on its history of the area but after reading this I realized this series isn t for me So I got this book through a giveaway and read itwithout "Realizing There Are Other "there are other before it in the series That being said it still stood on it s own really well though some of those books are now spoiled for me ol Couple things first off this is NOT a genre I read a Deaths End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, lot of The main reason I was even interested in this book is that there are some references to PTSD something I ve been studying and it takes place in Hickory NC which I find myself in a couple times every year as it s close to where IiveThat being said I REALLY enjoyed Drive I felt the motivations and st. This middle grade book the fourth in the best selling Bakers Mountain Stories series by Joyce Moyer Hostetter features twin sisters Ida and Ellie Honeycutt who find themselves growing apart as they respond differently to their father's postwar trauma the NASCAR speedway in their town and their new hi. Ruggles of the twins and also kind of want to watch a NASCAR race now I did actually ook up Jed and the history of NASCAR after reading this and that s what I LOVE about Reading Books Like This When You Go books ike this when you go and do research on your own afterwardA few instances of the Lord s name were misused and the two girls do fight over a young man they both have a crush on but otherwise there s minimal content to worry about DRIVE A Review and Two GiveawaysCongratulations to Clara Gillow Clark and Dorothy Price who won the downloadable version of Eyes on the Prize from ast
Week S BlogThe Night That s blogThe night that stayed up ate to finish reading Joyce Hostetter s fourth book in the Bakers Mountain Stories series DRIVE Calkins Creek 2018 I texted Joyce This is going to be a hard book to review There are too many wonderful things to say about it Somehow you re able to catch the heart of emotions so well I m still cryingThe funny thing is that I almost didn t read the book I d read several drafts and thought that I knew the story Boy was I wrongAfter all the brainstorming outlining and drafting that I d read Joyce added ayers of characterization sensory details and plot points that deepened the story Having read those earlier drafts I ook back and see how she added flesh to the bones of her story and I got to see a book develop and grow One other interesting background note When Joyce was brainstorming DRIVE I had just given up writing Half Truths from two points of view I told Joyce of my struggles to make each character act and sound differently from the other There s no mistake Joyce pulls this feat off beautifully This is a story of twin sisters vying to hold onto their sisterhood at a time when they re growing up and apartREVIEW hold onto their sisterhood at a time when they re growing up and apartREVIEW EllieMommy says Ida was born ten whole minutes ahead of meand I spent the first years following after herdoing what she didand trying to be as good as she wasThen when Daddy came home from warwith hurts we couldn t seeand moods he couldn t predictthe uncertainty hit Ida hardest of allShe pulled back Cloud Atlas like a turtle inside its shellslowing down while I sped upI soon realized Iiked running aheadhearing people cheer for meBut sometimes it was Ida they d be bragging onAnd when they didI always felt that I was Superboy Superpup losingLife became a competition that one of us had to winAnd I was determined that the winner would be me p 5Competition This theme pervades the book as Ellie and Ida prepare to enter their first year of high school As the reader meets the girls we see how Ellie thinks she s not as good as Ida and aches for a normal familyI wanted a father who didn t get frazzled over a bad dream oroud noises And a mother who wasn t always aching over her husband I didn t actually want another family I just needed to not be embarrassed by the one I had p28Ida who describes herself as the uiet one avoids the spotlight and feels as if Ellie has the drive to succeed but she doesn t I stared at the red velvet curtain on the stage and thought how I never got to pull it open and shut It was the only job I ever wanted in any play we ever did But thanks to being a twin I almost always had to be out front doing something cute with Ellie and feeling The Chosen (Stargate Atlantis, like Gh schoolWith homeife destabilized by her father's postwar trauma Ellie Honeycutt seeks escape at the NASCAR speedway and in her dreams of travel and college while her twin sister Ida clings to family and finds solace in her sketchbook Their close relationship is threatened when they both fall for.