Shannon Wiersbitzky is the author of a Crystal Kite Award finalist, The Summer of Hammers & Angels. Publishers Weekly says, “Down-to-earth life struggles combine with inspiring generosity of spirit in this uplifting debut.” Sound good? Want one? Well, now’s your chance! Shannon has generously offered to send a copy to a lucky winner — all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and the winner will be picked randomly. Here are more details about the book:
- Book: G rated
- Target audience: Middle-grade, appropriate for ages 9+
Book Notes: The Summer of Hammers and Angels
Most folks have never seen an angel.
I know, because I’ve asked them.
I asked Miss Martha at the post office.
“Maybe someday, Delia, God willing.”
God does a lot of willing in Tucker’s Ferry, West Virginia.
Delia’s summer is getting off to a terrible start. First, an inspector shows up at the house and threatens to condemn it. Then lightning strikes, literally, and Mama ends up in the hospital. To make matters even worse, with no other family to speak of, Delia is forced to move in with her nemesis, Tommy “as-dense-as-a-stump” Parker.
Not one to sit around doing nothing, Delia huddles with her best friend, Mae, and reluctantly recruits Tommy, to help. The three of them resolve to tackle the long list of repairs, one by one. But Delia quickly discovers that it takes more than energy and willingness to handle some problems. When things go from bad to worse, Delia has to take another tack, one that starts with admitting she just can’t do what needs to be done without a lot more help.
The Summer of Hammers and Angels is the story of an amazing summer in a girl’s life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.
*Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Habitat for Humanity.
And now, for some information about Shannon and her writing:
Tell us why we should buy this book.
If you believe the world could be a better place if we all helped one another a little more, then you’ll enjoy The Summer of Hammers and Angels.
[From Kathy: I think the fact that a portion of the proceeds goes to Habitat for Humanity is another excellent reason!]
Tea or coffee? Milk or sugar?
Coffee. Nothing fancy, just decaf with a quick zip of half and half. I get frantic if I don’t have real creamer….critical.
Why did you choose this topic?
I’ve been involved with community service since I was little. It amazes me how a group of volunteers can change someone’s life. I wanted to capture that emotion in a story.
Can you deal better with wind or rain?
I complain about both equally.
Why do you write?
Writing “fills my well”. It gives me energy to make it through the day.
Short hair or long?
Have you seen my photo? Short all the way! Short hair makes me feel spunky.
Where do you write?
I typically write in my guest bedroom. The room has a great vibe. But I can type up a storm on planes, trains, or boats too.
Favorite sport or form of exercise?
Hiking. Stick me on a trail with good shoes, water, and a snack and I’m a happy woman. My favorite mountains are in Lake Placid.
You’re going on a book tour: Plane, train or automobile?
Tour bus. That way we could travel down curvy roads and stop in out-of-the-way spots. I always meet interesting people in small towns.
Skill you’d most like to acquire.
Remembering names. The worst part is that I’m great with faces, so I’m aware that I should know someone’s name. If we meet and I can’t remember your name, don’t take it personally.
How do your ideas come to you?
I wish I knew! Sometimes I worry that I won’t get another good idea, that whatever I’m working on at the moment will be the last thing. Ever. Usually about a week after that thought, four or five more ideas come. I’m always thankful in that moment.
Thank you, Shannon! Here’s how you can learn more about Shannon and The Summer of Hammers and Angels: