Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Middle Grade Book About A Tough Subject: Being Homeless

Just Left Of Lucky

by Dianna Dorisi Winget

Not long ago I read a wonderful middle-grade book called A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget. Not often will a book hook you and bring emotion in just a few pages, but that one did. I loved it from the start. So I chose another of her books to read, A Smidgen of Sky. By the first few paragraphs I was convinced it was good, but maybe not my type of book. But as I continued reading I found I really liked it. In fact, I liked it enough to read the sequel, A Sliver of Sun. Again, really good! So good that I "friended" her on Goodreads and we've visited about books and writing a few times. 

On To My News:

She now has a new book available. I have to be honest, I just got mine yesterday so I haven't read it yet. But having read her earlier books, I'm betting I won't be disappointed. 

Who better to share her new book than Dianna? 

Introducing: Just Left Of Lucky

"After several years without a new book, I'm SO excited to share my new middle grade, Just Left of Lucky. It tackles the topics of homelessness and poverty, but has lightness and hope, too ... and a dog! (A super cute one, I might add!) 

It was an article in my hometown newspaper about the ever increasing needs of our local food bank here in north Idaho that really got me thinking about the topic of poverty and homelessness. It's a subject most of us don't like to think about, and yet the problem is so very real, in towns and cities large and small, in every region of the country. I started to imagine how difficult it would be for a child in this situation, how awkward or embarrassing it would be to have your friends find out you were homeless, and how far you might go to keep your situation a secret. I wanted to try and portray this experience in a realistic way, while still offering some hope and light. This is what I've tried to accomplish with Just Left of Lucky. The stories I heard, and the things I learned while researching this book, have forever changed my view of homelessness. I hope it might do the same for others. 

Here's the summary: 

Twelve year old Shannon can't believe she's living in a car with her Aunt Junie and little dog, Boone. After all, the move from Idaho to Washington was supposed to make things better, not leave them homeless. Mortified, Shannon is desperate to keep their situation a secret--not just from the kids at school, but also from the persistent, somewhat mysterious resource officer who keeps asking questions. When Aunt Junie becomes too paralyzed with discouragement to look for a job, capable and creative Shannon takes the reins and comes up with her own plan to fix things. But before she has a chance to put it in motion, their homelessness is revealed and the worst happens--Shannon is separated not only from Aunt Junie, but from her beloved Boone, and placed in a foster home. What will happen to Shannon's plan now? How will she rescue Boone? And will her family ever be together again?"

More Great News: 

The first book I read of hers and loved so much, A Million Ways Home, proves that you can trust my good taste! :-) She actually won The Mark Twain Readers Award 2016-2017, and The William Allen White Award!

Visit her site at DiannaWinget to learn more.

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