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About the Book
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What reviewers had to say...
"This book is a fun and very interesting read. There is plently of history facts in the story and I found myself wanting to look up more about some of the things that were mentioned." - Where Connor and JT Go
"I enjoyed reading this book. The author, Leigh Shearin, took me to a time that I had only heard about, but now I could live it through young John Bloom and the interesting characters of Appleside, NJ. Since this is a historical novel, it can be enjoyed by middle grade readers right through to adults!" - Amanda’s Books and More
"This historical fiction is set during World War II and filled with genuine characters. I really enjoyed reading this story and learning a little bit of history." - Kay LaLone I Love Books
As John heals from his fall from the hay loft he becomes even more aware of America's struggles at home during World War II. Along with his friends, Chewie and Joe, John decides to make a difference. The boys organize a scrap drive and go from home to home collecting what they can, but their biggest undertaking in their victory garden. With everyone pitching in John is able to plant a large garden which yields lots of crops. Hee and his family are happy to share and trade the crops with others. The government's rationing has made it difficult for people to purchase things like milk, sugar, and gasoline, but showing true patriotism the town of Appleside stands together to help their neighbors.
I thoroughly enjoyed John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In. The characters are well developed and likable. I love that John has a big heart and is always ready to lend a hand. The author is knowledgeable about World War II and farming which adds to the story's believability and helps draw the reader in. The author also does a wonderful job penning her book as it will appeal to, not only young readers, but adults too. Most history lessons in school focus on the battles, but very few reveal what happened in America during World War and John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In gives reader a glimpse of history on the home front.
John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In is the second book in the series, but could be read as a stand alone. I, however, did read the first book and highly recommend reading both as readers, young and old, will enjoy the adventure as well as the history learned.
About the Author: Leigh Shearin
Leigh earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Maryville College and worked as a graphic artist before earning an ASS degree in Culinary Art. She has worked as a chef, baker and culinary arts instructor. Most recently, she and her husband bought rural land and are developing Winter'Rest, a small farm in central New York. Through all this, Leigh wrote stories and poems…some published; some tucked away.
She is happiest living off the land and is an ardent supporter of local and sustainable farms, farmers and practices. Seasonal fresh produce from Winter'Rest Farm is even on the menus of some Farm-to-Fork restaurants in the Central New York. Leigh is also an accomplished photographer, working in Fine Art Photography from age 20, under the name M. Leigh Emery.
Leigh writes fiction stories for middle-grade readers. Along with illustrator Kate Shearin, Leigh spins tales of self-sufficiency and independence, along with gentle agriculture education. Since historical fiction is also a lifetime interest, Leigh uses true stories of the past to bring inspiration and joy to modern-day children.