Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Book for Kids in Military Families

I have hoped for a while that Bull Rider would touch kids in military families and give them a jumping off place for discussing their own concerns or the opportunity for seeing a family that is going through changes because of the Middle East wars. There are a lot of military families out there who live every day hoping their loved one will come home safe.

Heart of A Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry, Random House, January 2009, does the same. Her book's setting is literally forty or fifty miles from Bull Rider's fictional Salt Lick, NV and her main character, Brother, is a ranch kid too. His dad has been deployed to Iraq with the reserves along with most of the men in their small town. His older brothers are away at school - his small town doesn't have a high school - and that leaves Brother, his aging grandparents, and a ranch hand, Ernesto, to care for the ranch. Brother takes his role seriously. Heart of a Shepherd is a genuine, gentle book that looks at ranch life, growing up, accepting responsibility. It also reflects the kinds of changes the wars have made on communities. I am proud to know Rosanne Parry and to be signing with her and Terri Farley at the Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington on April 5th. 10AM. Our books are similar in so many ways, and yet they are totally different stories. I think Heart of a Shepherd will appeal to a little younger read than Bull Rider will. Read them both and you decide. You'll be glad you did.

1 comment:

Rosanne Parry said...

Hey Suzy, Thanks for the mention of Heart of a Shepherd! Funny how two stories so similar could come out at exactly the same time. And I agree that yours probably suits a slightly older reader.

Our event at Third Place Books is from 10am to noon. It's going to be great fun. They have the perfect event space, with lots of room to spread out and do some art and play games--there's even a giant chess set (perfect for me! read the opening scene in Heart of a Shepherd and you'll see why)

If you happen to live near Seattle, we'd love to see you at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. Here's the store website: