Joyce Moyer Hostetter


While searching for history in "her own backyard," Joyce Moyer Hostetter discovered an epidemic: Polio - Hickory, North Carolina - 1944. This discovery led to Blue, a middle grade historical novel and a feisty teen who battles the challenges of disease and war on the home front. Blue led to Bakers Mountain Stories, five books about teens facing social and historical challenges during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Healing Water, one boy's survival story, set in Hawaii's leprosy settlement, is available via e-book.

Joyce speaks to readers across the state where her books are used in classrooms and community-wide reads. In addition to digging for stories, she thrives on turning the soil of her backyard—planting flowers, harvesting veggies, and rearranging the shrubs and flowers she put in the wrong spot the first time. 

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