Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Review Just Breez by Beverly Stowe McClure
By: Beverly Stowe McClure
This review is based on a review copy provided by Beverly Stowe McClure in exchange for the review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.
Just Breeze is a delightful read for middle age students. Although the main character is female, there are enough male characters that even boys would not be disappointed. This is a tale of finding oneself, dealing with the imperfections with which one is born, making and keeping friends, and knowing when to keep a secret and when to divulge it.
Ms. McClure has a youthful voice and tells this story in the first person. It's easy to be drawn into the book and to endure Breeze's trials right along with her. The reader can identify with Breeze's out of control hair, her shiny braces, big feet and bean pole body. While Breeze sees herself as everyone's "buddy," and the person everyone sees when they need something fixed, she is more than that. It takes the new kid in town to see beyond her tangled red hair and to give Breeze a new way to see herself.
This story is more than just about a girl meeting a boy. It is the tale of kids with problems. One comes from a home where the parents are always working, another lives with a grandparent, and one has a secret identity. While Breeze's family seems "normal," her siblings are older twins which leaves her feeling like the odd one out. These are typical kids struggling in school, trying to fit in with their peers, and learning about honesty and relationships.
Although this story deals with some difficult issues, it is an easy read for a middle grade student. The tone is light and peppered with humor. Ms. McClure knows how to weave a tale that will keep the reader turning the pages to see what happens next to Breeze and her friends. I enjoyed it Just Breezeand recommend it.