Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Range: 10 and up
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reviewed by Maggie
“It was Pop who taught me to shoot. He showed me how to aim and hold that gun real steady.”
“The way I figure it, what I learned from the two of them and from my own dumb mistakes is enough to fill a book.”
Aim is the prequel to Blue and part of the Bakers Mountain Stories series. It’s been a while, but I did read Blue back in elementary for school. So, it was fun to return back to the world, but this time in the eyes of Ann Fay’s (main character from Blue) neighbor, Junior. I enjoyed the book a lot.
Junior was an interesting main character. Suffering from his father’s death and the burden of his father’s mistakes, Junior sets out to find some respect for him and his mother. The journey he takes to find his questions concerning his father’s death and his path to get his respect was one that touched my heart.
The setting was down to earth and gave me that homey feeling. The way Hostetter weaves the dialogue and wording just brought the story to life in a fun and fresh way. The whole story was real and beautiful. And the time period chosen for the tale was perfect and added more depth to the storyline.
“America was the land of the free. And we wanted to keep it that way. Even if it meant all-out war. I was pretty sure that’s exactly what was about to break loose.”
Hostetter will draw readers into an exciting tale about family, forgiveness, love, and healing, drawing you deeper with every word written on the page in Junior’s country boy tone. Definitely one worth picking up no matter what your age.
“And when I feel like I’m up in the air on a scary bridge I’ll hang on to his words. Don’t look down. Keep your eye on where you’re going. You’ll get across just fine.”