Sunday, September 24, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Finding True North by Dianne Beck

Book: Finding True North

Author: Dianne Beck

Genre: YA Fiction

Release Date: January 31, 2023

Finding True North

North Carolina Simon hates her name. As a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1970s, she has a lot of challenges. People not only make fun of her name, but also scoff at her eccentric family. Dad’s a hoarder, Mom’s an unpredictable artist and her older sister lives with an autism diagnosis.  After a humiliating middle school event shatters her confidence as a singer, North is determined to break free from the stigma surrounding her family.

As she starts high school, North tells people to call her Carol. Armed with a new name, she updates her hair and clothes, befriends a popular boy in hopes of joining his band, distances herself from her two longtime friends, and avoids being seen with her adoring and dependent sister. Everything seems to be going according to plan until her sister suddenly disappears.

Carol is forced to face the fact that fitting in and being popular have come at a cost, and that the sister she might lose could have the answer to what she’s been looking for all along.

Finding True North is a prequel to Sticks and Stones, but each can be read as stand-alone novels.


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Young Adult Fiction is a genre I read every once in a while. I recently read Finding True North by Dianne Beck. The synopsis and book cover intrigued me. 

The time is the 1970's and North Carolina Simon is a 14-year-old girl who loathes her name. Her family life is also so different from those around her. Her mom is an Artist, her Dad a Hoarder and her older sister has Autism. She is in Middle School and has a traumatic event that has lowered her confidence that she has a beautiful singing voice. North is now ready to enter High School and she now goes by the name Carol. She also gets a makeover and becomes friends with a popular boy. Her longtime friends are not so close to her anymore and Carol also tries to avoid associating with her Older Sister. Carol is finally enjoying life and then her older sister disappears. Carol is really worried about her sister and feels her own changes might be the reason her sister is missing. Will Carol find her Sister safe? Will Carol be able to find her own true identity? 

I am very glad that I read this book. The storyline is very relevant in today's society. North/Carol was being bullied and ridiculed due to many things that she could not control. She really only wanted to be liked and to live a "normal" life and set out to change herself. I really love how the Author addresses self-worth with Scriptures and Encouragement. I feel that Teen Girls will be encouraged by this book, as will adults. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction. GREAT BOOK!

Dianne Beck spent much of her career teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through adult before achieving her dream of publishing her first novel, Sticks and Stones.  She hopes young people and adults can find faith and strength in her stories. When not writing or reading a good book, she savors every moment possible with family and friends, and loves a good steaming cup of coffee or tea.  Visit her author website at


More from Dianne

One of the things I love most about being an author of Christian fiction is showing readers how God is working in the lives of my characters, just like he’s working in each of our lives. While I hope readers see how my main characters are wrestling with and growing in faith, my side characters actually play a huge role. In both my novels I have a supporting character who is unique and often viewed as quirky or weak to the world around them. By showing how God loves, guides, and equips these characters, I hope to encourage anyone who has ever felt weak or out of place, which I think all of us have at some point. I also hope it reminds readers that God is often found in unexpected people and places.

In Finding True North, I spent a significant amount of time developing the character of Aria, who is main character North’s older sister. Aria is autistic, and during the 1970s, the time this book was set, autism wasn’t well understood. Because of this, many people don’t give Aria much of a chance, and miss out on all the depth and beauty she has to offer.

My inspiration for Aria came from two Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 1:27 (ESV), which says, “God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,” along with “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV). Aria may be the kind of character who would be looked down on by many in the world, but she is used powerfully by God. One of the ways she does is with her extreme joy and bold love of the Lord.  These characteristics are what ultimately impact and shape North as the story moves forward.

If you enjoy Finding True North, check out my first novel, Sticks and Stones, and stay tuned for the Sticks and Stones sequel, currently in the works!

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To celebrate her tour, Dianne is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a good book

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds great, especially as a historical story that is relevant to the present.

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

What does literary success look like to you?

Michael Law said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm very excited to read this book. Thanks for hosting.

K said... Best Blogger Tips

Really nice cover art design! I'm looking forward to reading this-- thanks so much for sharing!

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