Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle
Release Date:September 4, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction–Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
SYNOPSIS: It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.
Guest Post with Adventures Thru Wonderland
Q: What influenced/inspired you to write in this genre/for this age group?
In addition to writing young adult fiction, I’m also a teacher and a mom. And although my students find it hard to believe sometimes, I wasn’t all that different from them as a teenager. I spent a lot of time trying to fit in and pretending to be someone other than my authentic self. I see many girls struggling with similar issues today and fear social media may be adding a whole new level to the comparison-pretending-trap.
Fortunately, I grew up, met new people, broadened my horizons, and found the courage to pursue the things I love—like books and dogs—even if my favorite things did nothing to improve my social status or elevate my coolness. Eventually, I found the courage to love and accept myself quirks (there are many) and all.
When I started writing seriously several years ago, I wrote with my teenage daughter, my students, and even my teenage self in mind. I very much wanted to write hopeful stories about girls overcoming adversity and learning to love themselves unconditionally.
My first book, The Thing with Feathers is about a girl learning to hope again in the face of her debilitating epilepsy. Meet the Sky, my second book, is about a girl stranded on the Outer Banks of North Carolina during a hurricane who must learn that life is more about learning to trust and take risks than it is about grasping for safety and control.
Both books are emotionally driven and focus on the importance of relationships with friends, parents, teachers, even first loves. Like the girls in my books, we all face difficulties. My great hope is that in spite of what life throws at us, we can all face the future with a seed of optimism planted in our souls.
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AUTHOR INFO: McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.
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