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Red Chair/One Elm has acquired Into the Wind by William Loizeaux. The middle grade novel features an unlikely friendship between young and old, and explores the complexity, emotional depth, and capacity for sympathy in a child's life. Publication is scheduled for early 2021. ...more
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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An elegant, elegiac celebration of a short but deeply meaningful relationship between two people who happen to be in just the right place at just the right moment when each desperately needs a friend. Rusty, the book's first person narrator, is having a difficult summer: not only is he stuck every morning in summer school, trying to wrangle a passing
A friendship between an old woman and a young boy, and their love of sailing.

I have only been sailing once, and I didn't know half the terms used in this book, but the context gives their meaning, and the joy and love for sailing that Rusty and Hazel have, together.

Both are missing something in their lives, that being together gives them. Hazel is there when Rusty needs her, and vice versa.

Enjoyable, with some heart ache thrown in.

Quick read. Good narrative voice.

Thanks to Netgalley for making
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First sentence: “Hey, kid!” a gravelly voice called from behind me. Startled, I turned from bailing the afternoon’s rain out of my sailboat and saw this creepy old lady about fifteen feet away on the dock, not far from where I’d left my bike.

Premise/plot: Rusty, the hero of this middle grade coming of age novel, is struggling with making sense of life. His father is trying--trying hard--but he can't be both mother and father. His sister, Lizzy, is just MEAN AND CRUEL according to Rusty. (It wou
Sarah Onions
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for American children’s fiction having lived there as a child myself for 3 years. I still have my copy of a Horse Named Summer by Karen Bendick and I loved All -of-a-Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor.
And Into the Wind by William Loizeaux (who was writer-in-residence at university in Boston) does not disappoint.
The story of Rusty and his friendship with senior citizen Hazel draws the reader in, mainly through their joint love of sailing.
Hazel approaches Rusty originally because she wan
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Rusty lives on an island off the New England coast with his father, who works in the local hardware store, his bossy older sister, and his mother, who is currently away at a residential treatment center for depression. This is hard for a ten year old, and if the summer weren't bad enough, Rusty has to go to summer school for math and his best friend is away. He is excited about a small boat that a neighbor has given him to work on, and he is making a project of fixin
Denise Forrest
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a lovely book!

It’s the start of the summer holidays which should mean a great few weeks stretching ahead of him but Rusty’s summer is not turning out like he’d planned. First off, he failed fifth grade which means that he has to attend summer school and secondly, his mom is in a hospital on the mainland. It gradually transpires that she has been suffering from depression and has gone to a clinic for treatment, but how long she will be away for, no-one knows. Struggling with
Kristen Gwen Johnson
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Into the Wind, by William Loizeaux is a book you will not want to miss. It tells the story of Rusty, an almost 6th grader who has to go to summer school to catch up on math, and his mother has gone some place that will help her not be so sad anymore. When he’s bailing out his little catboat, an old lady in a wheelchair asks if he will take her sailing. Rusty brushes her off, but a few days later Hazel sees him in town and she asks him if he’d like to come to her house for lunch with watermelon f ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel with an unlikely friendship. I think this is what I loved best about this book.
It reminded me of the friendship that I had with an elderly woman.
She certainty was special.
I loved their respect for each other and the way they were there for one another.
I must say that I learned a lot from this book that is geared towards the young adult in the sail boat scenes. A lot of terms I had never heard of..
In my opinion the cover of this book tells it all and I had to laugh!
Rusty was
Brenda Kahn
Breaking my no-star policy to give this gentle, heartwarming story of intergenerational friendship five. It was just lovely. Rusty is relatable as a tween with a couple of outsized problems - the possibility of repeating fifth grade and the absence of his mother due to depression. It doesn't help that his bossy older sister is particularly obnoxious at home. He takes refuge in restoring a sailboat that a neighbor gave him and reading about sailing. He's startled by the request of an elderly, whe ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart warming tale! I love stories like this. Hazel is very insightful of a child in need. Walter is lucky to find an adult interested in caring for him during some difficult family event-his mom is in a mental hospital and his dad is a bit distracted. His sister, Lizzy, was just annoying! Maybe it was just her age... Poor Walter, floundering at school, bullied by older, and seemingly, wealthier boys, no present mom or dad, and hateful sister...Hazel is just what he needs. I loved the chapters i ...more
With thanks to NetGalley and Red Chair Press for an early copy in return for an honest review.

A compelling middle grade book with a very unlikely friendship. I am a big fan of books with multigenerational relationships and so I enjoyed watching the friendship develop between Rusty and Hazel. I hope this book inspires young readers to spend time with their grandparents or other older people in their lives, because there is a lot to be learned.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you were ever looking for a book for middle graders that will absolutely capture their attention without resorting to magic, or science fiction, or super powers, this is it. A delightful read full of many subtle life lessons for youngsters in transition. Fully deserving of 5 stars. A must read.
Brett Hardy
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good story about a most unlikely friendship. A story about generations not usually covered in middle grade novels. Should be in every library/school and public.
Clare O'Beara
Learn new skills, such as sailing, step by step, make a new friend, and help those who are less able. Oh, and survive a summer with only one of your parents around, and become bigger and braver than you ever knew you could be.
Sail Into the Wind with a boy and his senior artist friend, learn that some adults get depression, and some kids react by becoming twice as bossy.
This illustrated book is a great read for young people from eight up to mid teens, and will remind adults of their youth, even
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William (Bill) Loizeaux’s third middle-grade children’s novel Into the Wind is forthcoming in March, 2021. Inspired by a feisty aunt who loved painting and sailing, the book is about an unlikely friendship between a ten-year-old boy and an elderly woman.

Bill is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, as well as stories and essays. His children’s novel Wings received the 2006 AS

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