Barbara from over at the always fascinating March of Time Books (visit herhere) nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thanks so much, Barbara!Below are my answers to her questions.
What is your earliest memory? My earliest clear memories are from about the age of 5 because I was off on a new adventure—kindergarten! I also remember playing next door on our neighbor’s porch and seeing a peacock with my friend.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why? There’s nothing like home sweet home, but aside from that, I am most content by the ocean. I also felt a strong connection to Kensington Gardens—full bloom in April.
Do you have a favourite piece of clothing or footwear? What is it? Most of the time I’m a jeans and sneakers (or boots) kind of girl, but I also like long, flowy skirts with my boots.
If you write a blog what inspired you to start it? If you don’t—why not? My publisher encouraged me to start a blog as a way to promote my books. Being camera-shy and tongue-tied, at first I wanted no part of it, but now it’s an important routine in my life and I’m proud to be part of the blogging community.
Favourite snack potato crisps, peanuts, sunflower seeds or something else? One of my current favorite treats is chunks of ginger covered in dark chocolate. I also can eat more than my share of spicy potato chips.
Have you ever acted or sung on stage? I was a daffodil in a school play once–hardly acting but just thought I would mention it! Any other talents you care to mention? The first event that comes to mind is when my girlfriend and I joined in on a can can dance performance. I think it ran three or four nights and we even had to turn a cartwheel! Previously, I took ballet and tap for a couple of years.
Have you or anyone in your family traced your ancestry? If so is there anyone famous or infamous in your line? Yes, several of my relatives have researched our ancestry. Supposedly I am related to King George II through one of his illegitimate offspring. Also, to the poet James Russell Lowell, as well as to Peregrine White (first baby born after the Mayflower landed in Cape Cod, MA).
Have you ever experienced déjà vu? Yes, every so often I get a strong ‘been there, done that’ feeling.
Do you sing in the shower or in the car or both? Maybe once in a while in the car, but only if the radio’s on. Since I’m always listening to audiobooks lately, it’s a rare occurrence.
Have you enjoyed participating in this tag? Be kind, I’m only asking! Yes, of course, Barbara! I found your questions interesting to think about. Thanks again for choosing me for this fun award!
Here are the rules: Thank the blogger for the award given. Answer the ten questions set by me. Nominate other blogging friends for the award. Write ten questions for those bloggers to answer. Display the award on your blog or in a post.
And here are my questions (I’m copying a few from others…)
Please share an early memory.
Did you have a favorite toy, book, or pastime?
Have you ever performed on stage?
Name a favorite song or band.
Do you have a ‘famous person’ sighting to share?
What’s the best prize you’ve ever won?
How many places have you lived?
Do you have a story of kindness to share?
You’ve won a million dollars: spend it in 24 hours, but not on yourself. What do you do?
How would you make the world a better place?
It would be great fun if some of my readers answered a few (or as many as you like) of the questions in the comments below.
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Great Reviews for CALL ME AMY
“Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and the developing spark between Amy and Craig combine to create a pleasant, satisfying read.” –KIRKUS
“Strykowski lovingly captures seaside Maine and the travails of adolescence in her quiet, sweet-natured debut novel.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Strykowski ably depicts Amy’s insecurity and self-doubt, Craig’s bravura and pain, and Miss Cogshell’s wisdom with a deft, convincing touch. In essence, Amy comes of age as she fights to find her voice in the outside world and shed some of her debilitating insecurity. Readers will cheer her on, and her splendid team, too.” –BOOKLIST
"The protagonist grows throughout the story, from a shy loner to having two friends and speaking her mind in front of her adversaries at school as well as to the whole town. …Amy is a reliable narrator and easily relatable.” –SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
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“To do a good deed, we can find friendship in the most curious of locations. “Call Me Amy” is a novel from Marcia Strykowski following the struggles of Amy Henderson, who finds an injured seal and seeks to nurse it, with the help of a scorned aging woman and an unusual youth. Set in the early 70s and exploring the essence of loneliness, “Call Me Amy” is a powerful read that should prove so very hard to put down, highly recommended.”—MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“This is a wonderful YA tale for the simple fact that it shows one and all that the power and courage to stand up and be heard in this life comes from within. And that no matter who you are, you have that toughness inside your soul. Craig has a lovely heart that hides behind that sarcasm he aims at the world, and he will remind every small town girl about that quiet boy she fell in love with long ago. ‘Old Coot’ brings the fun and humor along with her, and Pup is the sweetest creature in the world. Having all the ingredients of first love, faith, loss and strength makes ‘Amy’ unforgettable.” —FEATHERED QUILL
“For Amy, 1973 has been a lonely year, her only friend moved away and she feels awkward around her classmates. Until one day Amy discovers that Craig, another classmate, has rescued an injured seal pup. Amy agrees to help him and together they hide the pup at Miss Cogshell’s house, the odd old lady most kids call “Old Coot.” Amy learns that people aren’t always what they seem to be, and she forms a friendship with Craig and Miss Cogshell. A great story about friendship and doing what you think is right.” —KIDSBOOKSHELF
“For those ages 8 to 12, Call Me Amy by Marcia Strykowski will resonate with familiar themes of growing up. The year is 1973 and for Amy Henderson, it has been a lonely one with too many awkward moments to count. When she finds an injured seal pup, she rescues him to rehabilitate him. In the process she forms an unlikely alliance with Craig, a boy around her age, and an older woman in town. With their help she discovers that people aren’t always what they seem despite what others may think of them. This is a story filled with many elements that will appeal to younger readers and I highly recommend it.”—BOOKVIEWS.COM
"A wounded seal pup propels 13-year-old Amy Henderson into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy in a small Maine fishing village. Readers will cheer for Amy as she protects Pup, gains confidence, faces challenges, and comes up with an idea that could change not only the future of her village, but also, her own life. With a skillful hand, Strykowski introduces us to a small town with memorable characters and the girl who could bring them all together." ---Anne Broyles, award-winning author of PRISCILLA AND THE HOLLYHOCKS
"In a small town in Maine in the 1970's, Amy is standing on the brink of becoming a young adult. The events that will force her to discover who she is, what she is made of and how she wants others to perceive her are sweetly told through awkward teenage moments, the triumphs and sadnesses of that age and ultimately, Amy's discovery of her own beliefs, strength and courage." ---Kathleen Benner Duble, acclaimed author of THE SACRIFICE
“Call Me Amy is exactly the type of book I love. The characters are relatable and likeable; they are individuals that the reader enjoys getting to know while watching them change and develop. The setting of the small Maine coastal town is idyllic, and the reader is quickly and completely immersed in this community. Although the novel takes place in the 1970s, it feels timeless. Young readers will readily associate with Amy’s struggles and triumphs with her relationships with family and friends, and mature readers will be gently nudged back to this period in their life. These universal qualities make this novel a perfect choice for many types of readers. As a Youth Services Librarian, I would enthusiastically recommend Call Me Amy to our young patrons as well as to a more adult audience. Because it can be enjoyed on so many levels, this novel would be an ideal source of discussion for an adult/child book group.” ---Patty Falconer, Youth Services Librarian
"I just finished CALL ME AMY and I think it is wonderful with beautiful descriptions. I love the characters and their story. It is like having seen a good play or movie and later, while you are doing other things, it comes back to you and you think about the characters again." ---Peggy Arnold, retired teacher and avid reader.
For 13-year-old Amy Henderson, 1973 has been a lonely and uneventful year in her small Maine fishing village. With the help of a wounded seal pup, she gets to know Craig, who slinks around in an oversized army jacket. A new law against handling wild marine mammals brings suspense to the story. Where can they keep Pup until he heals? Their only hope is to trust Miss Cogshell, an elderly woman keeping to herself amidst jeers from the local kids, who catches them sneaking Pup into her woodshed in the middle of the night. Throughout the book, small challenges prepare Amy for her greatest one of all. A challenge that leads her to discover that everyone, herself included, has a voice worth hearing.