Monday, June 4, 2018

JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND STORIES FROM THE HEART

It's Monday again. Where did the week go? At least half of the things I planned to do last week are still waiting. Shh! Don't tell anyone. I'll do them, eventually. In the meantime, I'm celebrating the month of June with birthdays. My real sister has one this month and several of my story book children have birthdays too. Before we wish them Happy Birthday, I just have to share my latest review with you. No, no, don't go away. I promise not to take long.


This is my mg/tween historical fiction novel loosely based on my mother's life. It took a lot of research, but I learned so much about the time period the story takes place and about the Orphan Trains and the children that road them.

Here's the latest review.


Reviewed by Lauren Davis for Readers' Favorite


Beverly Stowe McClure’s story, A Family for Leona, is a poignant tale of adoption that is sure to melt your heart. Eleven-year-old Leona Chapter and her five siblings experience hardship and loss before ending up in the Brooklyn School and Home for Destitute Children. One by one, the Chapter children are sent off in different directions and we wonder if and when they will reunite. The setting is the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when trains carried orphans from New York to Texas. Leona is forced to board that train, all the while scheming for a way back to her family in New York. When Leona is selected from the group of homeless children and she finds herself riding over flat land in a Model T, the possibility of a return seems bleaker by the second, but Leona is tenacious and hopeful about returning.

A Family for Leona is a story of hope and restoration geared to children and young teens. The adventures and trials Leona and her best friend, Noah, endure pull us into their plight and we cheer and ache with them. Their experiences from a tenement dwelling in Brooklyn to farm life in Texas are quirky, enchanting and ultimately satisfying. Beverly Stowe McClure’s emotional fictional narrative is beautifully written through the eyes of a stubborn adolescent girl with a penchant for increasing her vocabulary. With themes like new beginnings, friendship, love and family, I recommend A Family for Leona and rate this book 5 stars.



Now for my other children's birthdays in June. 


Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines
This is another historical fiction novel set during the American Civil War in Vicksburg. When we visited the city and I heard about the citizens living in caves, I knew I had to write their story. The research was really interesting. I can not imagine living in a cave.
June 15, 2010


Happy Birthday, Lizzie!
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Frankie's Perfect Home

A picture book for young readers about an armadillo searching for the perfect home. The idea for this story came to me when my son found a nest of baby armadillos in our pasture. Fascinating critters.
June 13, 2011


Happy Birthday, Frankie and brothers.
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Life on Hold

A YA novel about a girl that learns a secret her parents have kept from her for 16 years.
June 20, 2013


Happy Birthday, Myra.
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Princess Breeze

Tween/teen novel about a girl who sails to an island in the Pacific Ocean to visit the prince she met at school and his family.
June 11, 2017


Happy Birthday, Breeze.

My family is growing.

Happy Reading!

10 comments:

  1. I hope your sister has a wonderful birthday, also your "Children's Birthdays " go with wonderful memories of writing about them.
    Happy June Beverly.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. I'll tell my sister what you said. Yes, it's fun to remember back to the old stories. Happy June to you.

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  2. Great review.
    You've had a lot of books come out in June.

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    1. It made me smile, Alex. Always enjoy reading the good ones. Yes, June seems to be a popular month for me.

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  3. Great review, Beverly. Congratulations. You are such a prolific writer. I loved your Caves, Cannons and Crinolines book.

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I like it. I've been writing a long time, but lately I've slowed down. My current work is coming along a few pages at a time. Caves was so much fun to write. Thanks for your kind words.

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  4. Great review indeed. June sure seems to be the go to release month for you.

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    1. Yeah, Pat. I like it. I don't know why June is such a popular month for me. Not complaining.

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  5. That's an awesome review. And funny about June being your release-your-books-month.

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    1. I like it, Natalie. Yes, I have no idea why June has been so popular. It's the way things turned out. The month doesn't matter to me, as long as the story is publisher. :)

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