Just Breeze

Children - Preteen
196 Pages
Reviewed on 02/14/2014
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Author Biography

Beverly Stowe McClure is a retired teacher turned writer. When she's not typing away on her computer, she's snapping pictures of clouds, wild flowers, sunrises, sunsets, birds, and deer. She's also known as the "bug lady" because she rescues butterflies, moths, praying mantis, and walking sticks from her cats.

Researching her ancestors and playing the piano are her hobbies. The cats run and hide when she tickles the ivories. They do not appreciate good music.

Beverly also loves to read.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

In Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure, Breeze Brannigan just started eighth grade and thought she would somehow turn into a gorgeous woman like her sister when she turned 13, but nothing seems to be different. Still the tallest person in school with big feet, braces, and wild red hair, Breeze was just unhappy. Then, she meets the new kid in school, Cam. Hearing him speaking with an unknown accent and being very polite to everyone, she’s convinced he’s from another planet. The more she learns about him, the more intrigued she becomes. Will she be able to keep his secret? And what will happen if it gets out?

While reading Beverly Stowe McClure’s Just Breeze, I was immediately brought back to my days in middle school. Worried about her appearance, wanting to be just as pretty and successful as her siblings, convinced she will never have a boyfriend, Breeze’s thoughts were so authentic to how a 13-year-old thinks. McClure does a fantastic job of making all of the characters in this book realistic. What I liked most about the story was the different relationships that Breeze had. Whether with her parents, her siblings, her best friend, or with the new mysterious boy in school, each of her relationships were unique and genuine. Not only was Breeze completely relatable, but you also start to wish you'd had a friend like her back when you were 13. She’s awkward, respectful, sarcastic, and an amazing friend. This is a great story about friendship, family, love, and discovering yourself. Young teens will really enjoy this.

Beverly Stowe McClure

Thank you for your nice review, Cheryl. I'm happy you enjoyed Breeze's story. Those middle school years are tough for many young teens. I hope the book helps some of them see their good points as Breeze eventually does.

Thanks again.