Hello everyone, today I’m very excited to share with all of you a guest post from our fifteenth author, Katie Kennedy. As she share’s with us one of her favorite summer memories. I hope that you love reading it as much as I did. But, before we begin, I’m going to share some information about the book.
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Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Genre: YA Contemporary,Science Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: July 5th 2016
Summary from Goodreads :
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.
My contemp/YA sci fi mashup, LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA, comes out in mid-summer—July 5, 2016—so I’ve been asked to write a little about a summertime memory.
I’ve been thinking about my sister today, and that makes me remember the almost-garage we had when we were kids.
The summer I was about five and my sister seven, our dad decided to put in a garage. We were going to be fancy people! He got it laid out and the slab poured, and had to wait a week after the concrete set before he had time to put up the framing.
It rained hard that week, and the drops pinged beautifully off that big flat surface. My sister, brilliant ringleader that she was, grabbed our raincoats and boots and we put them on, opened our umbrellas, and paraded in circles on the garage floor. A few days later the weather cleared, and we went out with roller skates.
We were the envy of the neighborhood. We had something better than a garage—we had a garage floor.
For the rest of the summer, our dad had one reason after another that he couldn’t get to the framing, and we continued to play out there. When we turned the slab into a stuffed animal park an older kid stole one of my sister’s animals–I tried to retrieve it, and she threatened to beat me up. I wound up in my first fist fight—and lost my first tooth to be knocked out violently—but I got my sister’s toy back. We did a lot of things out there and loved them all, but parading in the rain was always the best.
Dad let the whole summer slip by without finishing the garage, but once the leaves turned gold and scarlet and we were in school, he put on a battered old coat and went out and finished that garage.
I never thought about it when I was a kid—why he waited until an autumn wind whipped his hair around to finish what was clearly a summer job. Now I understand that he knew exactly what he was doing—the perfect days of summer don’t last, but while they’re here, they’re meant for children, and they’re meant for play. I’m glad he knew summer when he saw it.
About the Author:
Katie Kennedy is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish.
Katie lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughter, and son, in a town with a million bats. LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA comes out in Spring, 2016, from Bloomsbury.