Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winnie's War, Elvis and Bellybuttons

I first heard about Winnie's War on the Blueboards. I have already read two wonderful young adult novels set in the same period of the flu pandemic: Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson and Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and it's a fascinating period in history. Winnie's War is geared toward a younger crowd, so I am looking forward to seeing how Jenny Moss deals with it. Plus, it is set in Texas, so I suspect there might be a hurricane involved as well.

And lucky me! I won an Advanced Reader Copy of Winnie's War. Thank you Jenny. It's a lovely birthday present.

That's right, I share a birthday with Elvis! As does Miss Erin. For the longest time, I think until I came to the US at age 14, I thought that Elvis was Indian. Tee hee. That's because my mom told me so. I don't know why she would think that, but it stuck in my head. I even had fantasies about being his daughter, since both my brother and sister told me I was adopted ... from a poor and ugly old woman (I wonder whether this is something that all older siblings say to their younger ones). No matter that I look a lot like them and my parents. So, if I were adopted, who's to say I wasn't Elvis' daughter?

The things kids believe. My mom told me that babies were born from the bellybutton as well.


Bish Denham said...

Someday I will remember your birthday on the day of your birthday and NOT the day AFTER your birthday and without YOU have to REMIND me it's your birthday!

Happy birthday!

Marcia said...

Happy Birthday! I'm going to look up WINNIE'S WAR. I know I've seen the book cover before.

Vijaya said...

Thank you, ladies. And Marcia you have probably seen the cover on Verla Kay's Blueboard -- it is Jenny's avatar.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Amber Lough said...

My sister's birthday is also on the 8th (and mine is the 6th). Maybe your mother meant Native American/Indian. Elvis was part Native American, or so I've heard.

Vijaya said...

Perhaps, Amber ... I didn't think of the Native American connection. If there's anything good, both my parents have managed to link it to India ... hee hee.

Happy Birthday!