This is my stop during the blog tour for Guardian by Katy Newton Naas. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 August, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
by Katy Newton Naas
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: July 7, 2015
When Kinsey Lydell enters seventh grade, the only thing she wants is to fit in. But being like everyone else isn’t easy when you have epilepsy. Especially when that means a dog has to follow you around everywhere you go.
Drake, Kinsey’s assistance dog, has been her best friend since the day she met him. They have a special connection – he can sense her seizures before they occur. The other students have always loved having Drake in the classroom, making Kinsey feel special, not strange. But just a short time in a new middle school changes all of that.
Kinsey can’t help but admire Taylor Thompson. The boys like her and the girls want to be like her. But from the first day of school, it’s clear that Taylor is determined to make Kinsey feel like an outsider. Suddenly, her best friend – the one who lives his whole life just to protect her – becomes her source of humiliation.
When I saw the call for reviewers for the Guardian, I jumped at the chance. My daughter has struggled with a seizure disorder (epilepsy) since she was five years old. She didn’t experience the grand mal seizures like Kinsey, but her’s were just as disrupted to her life. Now my daughter is fourteen and has been blessed to find a good nurse practitioner and neurologist. They have found a combination of medication that have gotten her seizures under control.
Watching my own child struggle with seizures, I could relate to Kinsey and her family. There had been a time when we had looked into getting a seizure dog for my daughter. Those dogs are unbelievably smart and special. They do change the lives of the people that they are matched with.
Kinsey is your typical teen. She goes to school, does her homework, and hangs out with friends, with her dog Drake always by her side. She struggles with being different, but has a good support system that makes her feel loved. When a new girl injects herself into Kinsey and her friends lives, Kinsey starts to become insecure. Before, she never let her condition hold her back, but now she starts withdrawing from life.
The Guardian was a wonderful story about friendship, love, and the undying devotion of a dog. Kinsey’s struggles were true to life. I thought the author had a good voice that conveyed the inner thoughts of a young teen girl.
Katy Newton Naas has teamed up with Willing Partners Canine Education, Inc.! For every copy of THE GUARDIAN purchased, Willing Partners will receive a portion of sales. Willing Partners trains service and assistance dogs to work with kids, adults, and veterans. Find out more about their program at the Willing Partners website
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From the time she was old enough to talk, Katy Newton Naas has been creating characters and telling stories. As a child, they sometimes got her into trouble. She knew she wanted to write books when she won a Young Author’s competition as a second-grader for her short story titled, “The Grape Pie.” (Don’t let its tasty title fool you – it was actually a sad little tale!)
Katy devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobs in order to make enough money to buy more of them. Though she continues to age, her true literature love is and has always been children’s and young adult fiction.
Katy currently teaches middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, as well as children’s church. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in Reading and Language Studies. She enjoys her life out in the country with her husband, her sweet and rowdy young boys, and all her four-legged kids: Shakespeare, Poe, Morgi, Cappy, Ana, and Gray.
She loves creating both realistic and futuristic stories about kids, tweens, and teens, and feels so fortunate to get to work with them every day as a teacher.
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