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Half Moon Summer

I can’t wait to share HALF MOON SUMMER by Elaine Vickers Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

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About the Book

half moon summer book cover


Author: Elaine Vickers

Pub. Date: June 6, 2023

Publisher: Peachtree

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 288

Buy it: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads and Here

Two seventh graders discover it takes more than grit and a good pair of shoes to run 13.1 miles. You’ve got to have a partner who refuses to let you quit.

Drew was never much of a runner. Until his dad’s unexpected diagnosis. Mia has nothing better to do. Until she realizes entering Half Moon Bay’s half-marathon could solve her family’s housing problems.

And just like that they decide to spend their entire summer training to run 13.1 miles. Drew and Mia have very different reasons for running, but these two twelve year olds have one crucial thing in common (besides sharing a birthday): Hope. For the future. For their families. And for each other.

Reviews for Half Moon Summer

★ “Drew’s prose is direct and descriptive; Mia uses free verse to capture concise moments and feelings. . . . Uplifting.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “Via distinct dual perspectives that alternate between Drew’s POV, told in compassionate prose, and Mia’s, conveyed in rhythmic verse, Vickers (Like Magic) vividly captures one emotionally turbulent summer filled with a friendship’s mutual trust and support.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Vickers deftly distinguishes between the alternating perspectives by composing Drew’s point of view in prose and Mia’s chapters in verse. . . . their perceptiveness and the parallels between their concerns about family finances and relationships greatly enhance the emotional appeal of this story.”—The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

I loved this book. Period. End of Conversation.

That doesn’t make a very good review so let me expand a bit…

The whole cast of characters were so relatable and lovable, I couldn’t help but cheer for each and every one of them. With dual POVS, the author did a superb job weaving their stories together, revealing bits and pieces, until the big finale (with plenty going on before that). These 7th graders face disappointment, life altering situations, and all the awkwardness of that age. With a past link, our two main character form a wonderful friendship. Together, they work through the tribulations and emotions of the hardest time of their young lives. Wonderful and highly recommended.

This book is slated for 8 – 12 year olds. Though many may comprehend the plot, I think it’s too heavy for that age group. I would suggest a mature 10+ year old or preferably, 12+.

I regret to report the physical book never arrived – wow. As a reviewer, I read the book, review, and share to my blog and instagram account. I require a physical book for all of that. No compensation. I do it for the love of reading and to help other authors get out into the world. And yet there are people who take advantage of other people’s kindness.

Doesn’t change the fact that I loved the book – and really wanted the physical copy – live and learn they say.

About the Author

Elaine Vickers lives with her husband and three kids in Southern Utah, where she writes books and teaches college chemistry. She always wanted to be a writer and a teacher, except when she wanted to be an architect, an artist, a pediatrician, a judge, or a famous actress. Visit her at for book recommendations, science activities, and ideas for starting your own backyard book club.

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Half Moon Summer Giveaway

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HALF MOON SUMMER, US Only.

Ends July 25th, midnight EST

Enter here! Good luck to you

half moon summer blog tour schedule

Tour Schedule for Half Moon Summer

7/17/2023Country Mamas With Kids
7/18/2023Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s 
7/18/2023A Blue Box Full of Books
7/20/2023Locks, Hooks and Books
7/20/2023Review Thick And Thin

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