Monday, May 12, 2014

Shelter Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the Shelter Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.

 A young teen comes of age in an abusive home
Miguel’s dad is at it again—physically abusing his mom and sister and terrorizing Miguel for no good reason. But when Miguel’s mom and sister, who have been whispering to one another for some time, decide to stand up to the abuse and decide to move to a women’s shelter, Miguel’s life begins to take turns he never expected. After the family moves out, it isn’t long before Miguel’s dad promises to change his ways before once again becoming abusive; leaving Miguel to summon the courage to stand up to the man he thought he loved. This emotional and stirring novel is told from the point of view of a young man who is torn between the love he feels for his abusive father and the responsibility to protect his family. 

Sometimes a book comes along and makes an impact not only on your heart but your very soul itself and Shelter is one of those books.

This is one of the hardest books I have ever read. It deals with physical and mental abuse and the author doesn’t shy away from showing you the harsh reality that many families face from this. I knew what this book was about going into it but I had no idea just how much of an impact the story would have on me. I’ve never had to deal with this in my life but I had a close friend as a kid whose father was a lot like Miguel’s is in this book so it gave me a glimpse into her life and what she and her mom went through.

This book is real life and I’m sure as hard as it was to read it was equally hard on the author to write. But she does a good job with the sensitive subject of showing how the families deal with domestic violence. 4/5 Bloody Fangs  

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Pat Aust’s life revolved around helping other people. She recognized that for as many children as there were in the battered women’s shelter where she volunteered as a children’s counselor, there were many more that still were being abused. This book was accepted for publication just before she passed away from cancer on June 12, 2012. Her hope was that this book might help victims of domestic violence to break the cycle.
After she retired from a career in child welfare and specialized foster care, and working for more than 20 years as a public school social worker, she served on various boards of mental health and learning disabilities as well as the Connecticut Task Force on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She belonged to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, played in her church’s bell choir, and edited Circuit, the newsletter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut. What she loved most, though, was writing middle-grade and young adult novels. A portion of the royalties from the sale of SHELTER will be donated to the women’s shelter where she volunteered.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.

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