Monday, June 29, 2009
Blog Tour: Samira Armin Hodges
Samira Armin Hodges is the author of the upcoming debut release, Milestones, which will be reviewed here on Hope's Bookshelf tomorrow.
Summary of Milestones:
One day. Just one day. That's how long it took for fourteen year-old Faye Martin's ordinary life to take a dramatic and completely unexpected turn. First, she gets struck by lightning a strange and awful experience in itself, but then made worse because Benjamin Parker, the object of her obsession, witnessed her near-death experience. Then she comes home to find her parents are forcing her to leave her friends and hometown of Seattle to attend a summer camp, aptly named Camp Milestone. After several failed attempts to change her parents mind Faye finds herself on a plane headed across the country to a camp she has never heard of.
Only, Camp Milestone is no ordinary camp. There are no phones allowed, shabby cabins and only a handful of campers. The only good turn of events is Benji her longtime crush is among the sparsely populated camp. This highlight of her summer is overshadowed by the camps strange and harsh rules given out by the head of the camp Galiana Moore, who seems crazy most of the time, and who unfortunately has taken a liking to Faye. As if things were not bad enough she notices an odd rash that has consumed most of her back from the lighting strike that seems to not only be growing larger but glowing slightly. Before she knows it, Faye finds herself caught in a whirlwind of uncertainty, torture, calamine lotion and romance....All in the name of summer camp. But as the summer unfolds, she realizes there is much more to Camp Milestone than meets the eye. Will she be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds this unusual camp? And more importantly, will she be able to survive the madness long enough to put the pieces together?
Milestones is a delightful story about the true meaning of self-discovery, love and friendship, book one of the Milestones trilogy takes readers into an imaginative and amazing new world which gives a whole new meaning to summer vacation.
Milestones is the debut young adult novel for Samira Armin Hodges a fresh and exciting new voice in the literary world.
Interview with Faye Martin, main character of the book Milestones, by Samira Armin Hodges.
Faye Grace Martin
Two years until I can drive my way out of places I don’t want to be…aka fourteen.
Seattle. Well, until I went to “camp” but let’s not go there yet.
If you could trace places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Diane. My best friend and also the pretty girl in school. The way I see it, I’m the sidekick to her life story. I’d love to know what it’s like to be the center of attention for a change.
Pshyah! His name is Benjamin Parker. I’ve loved him since the fourth grade. He is beyond cute, adorably shy, such a gentleman and I could go on forever but you don’t seem as into him as I am, so I’ll stop. But actually? Do you mind giving me your input on this letter I wrote for him? Should I give it to him? Or should I shred it?
I still don’t know if you know who I am. At times, I swear you notice me…but other times, I’m positive you’re just looking at someone else. The thing is, and I’m just going to blurt this out because it’s eating me alive and there’s no easy way to say this BUT…..I have a big crush on you. And I think you’re perfect. And well, want to maybe go out with me? I think it would be fun. See you around school,
Ugh, see? I’m already chickening out. See you around school? Could I be more awkward? Help! How should I do it?
Item you can’t live without?
My converse shoes. Though they’re sorta ruined now. You know, ‘cause I was hit by lightning in front of Benji and stuff….
Most memorable moment?
Any time he talks to me. Or looks at me. Or walks by me. Or ignores me. Or anything to do with him, really. They’re all diary worthy.
Most awful moment?
See above answer regarding my shoes. Getting hit by lightning sucks the big one. It definitely ranks high in the worst moments of my life list. Plus, it hurts. PLUS, did I mention Benji was there? Yeah. He was. Can you say mortification?
Biggest pet peeve?
When people think I whine a lot. Hazel, a girl I met at camp, was actually the first one to tell it to my face. I don’t think I whine a lot. I’m just vocal about negative incidents. There’s a difference, isn’t there?
Anything else we should know about you?
Yup. I change a lot during my summer at camp Milestone…..Mainly because I discover a secret that changes my life forever. And because this secret has to do with everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) in the world. Nothing is what it seem. But that’s all I can tell you……for now.
Visit Samira's blog here.