Six Weeks to Yehidah by Melissa Studdard – Tour/Review

 

Welcome to my stop on the Six Weeks to Yehidah book tour which has been brought to you by Sage's Blog Tours. Here you can read a summary of the book, read my review and learn a little more about the author Melissa Stud­dard in her bio. Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

 
Author: Melissa Stud­dard
Title: Six Weeks to Yehidah
Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
Published: August 3rd 2011
Format: eBook supplied for review

Summary from Goodreads

"The thing you would notice most was the rain, how the rain fell and fell and never seemed to stop. The sky was constantly swollen with it, then birthing it, swollen, then birthing again, and the hills, like greedy babies, suckled up all that rain. They shone and glistened green as the backs of frogs on bright green lily pads.

Annalise was ten then, old enough that she’d begun thinking about grown up things, like picking her own clothes out for school, yet young enough, still, to indulge in fanciful imaginings of enchanted trees and talking hills. Her best friends were the clouds that canopied her village and the verdant hills that hosted her most precious and outrageous dreams."

As spunky young Annalise travels from one adventure to another, she learns ancient wisdom traditions and gains deeper and deeper insight into herself and her world. Eventually she must make the most important decision she's ever faced -- whether or not to return to the self she has always known.


 My Review

Six Weeks to Yehidah is a fun fantasy story. It is like a mixture of Alice and Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

Annalise is a 10 year old girl who is a bit of a daydreamer. She likes to sing to the clouds and loves it when her mother reads her stories. She is very intelligent and appears to have a very old soul.

We journey with Annalise and her two sheep as she tries to discover things about herself. ‘We hop on garden stones, islands, mountaintops and clouds: we traverse labyrinths, garden trails, hallways and corridors; up stairs and elevators and down tunnels, and through portals and doorways and elaborate gates.’
She likes to use song and rhyme in her everyday life, and on this journey with her now talking sheep, they use it to help Annalise learn more about her life. We meet a lot of other interesting characters who also guide Annalise in the right direction so that she can return to her mother.

It is a story for the imagination as nothing is as it appears. It is a fabulous story about life and the struggles we have within ourselves. It is a great book for the 10-14 year old age group. 

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About the Author

Melissa Stud­dard is the author of the best­selling novel Six Weeks to Yehi­dah, and its companion journal, My Yehidah (both on All Things That Matter Press). Since its August 2011 release, Six Weeks to Yehidah has been the recipient of many accolades, including the Forward National Literature Award and January Magazine's best children's books of 2011. It was also named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards and is a current finalist for the Readers Favorite Awards. Along with Scott Lutz, Melissa is co-author of For the Love of All (Trestle Press), which is the fifth story in the Mark Miller’s One series and debuted in the number one spot for Hot New Releases in Literary Criticism and Theory in the Amazon Kindle store. As well, her poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and arti­cles have appeared in numer­ous magazines, jour­nals, and antholo­gies. Melissa cur­rently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for The National Poetry Review, an editorial advisor for Lapis Lazuli Journal of The Harold Pinter Society of India, and a con­tribut­ing edi­tor for Tiferet Journal. She is also the host of Tiferet Journal’s radio program, Tiferet Talk. Melissa received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a professor at a community college in Texas and a teaching artist at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative.

As you might have guessed already, she loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival. She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.

She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.

Find Melissa online
 
 
Visit these blogs to learn more about this book and Melissa Stud­dard!
 
August 28th @Beneath the Moon and Stars
August 29th @Little Hyuts
August 30th @Simply Shan
August 31st @The Things You Can Read
September 1st @Berds Fly
September 3rd @Just Me, Myself and I
September 4th @Magical Manuscripts
September 5th @Choice Reads
September 6th @Appraising Pages
September 7th @Book Fidelity
September 8th @Miles to Go Book Reviews
September 10th @My Life. One Story At A Time.
September 11th @For The Love of Film And Novels
September 12th @Turning The Pages
 

Naomi

6 comments:

  1. Hey Naomi! Love the changes you've made to your blog. It looks terrific.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thanx!! I felt like I was running out of room!! Lol!!

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  2. Wonderful, thank you for the review!

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    1. You're welcome. I had fun doing it!!

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  3. Thanks for the great review of Six Weeks to Yehidah, Naomi! It was great seeing it all through your eyes.

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    1. You're welcome Melissa. I was my pleasure to be involved on the tour and to read the book.

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