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About Beverly

I'm a former teacher turned writer, with nine novels published for children and teens. More to come in 2014.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ANTHOLOGIES

Do you enjoy reading the stories in the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ANTHOLOGIES? I do, and I’m fortunate enough to have stories in a couple of them.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Miraculous Messages

MUSIC IN MY HEART is the story about my mother and how she let me know she was free and happy, two days before Christmas.

Chicken Soup Dog

TRAVELER is the story of a little stray dog that possibly saved my husband’s life from a rattlesnake.

Both books have great, inspiring stories. Enjoy.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Books

 

Just Breeze

Hi! I’d like to invite you to visit my blog. While there, you’ll also meet Erik, Kate, and Leona, who also have books out or soon will. Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Here’s a little about our books. To learn more, check out http://justbreeze.wordpress.com  Read on: :)

Just Breeze

Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet.

Then she meets Cam, the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.

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Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.

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STAR OF THE TEAM

Kate Taylor wants to be the star of her basketball team ANGELS, but when her tooth is knocked out at one of the games, her goal is in jeopardy, unless she can convince her mother, who is also her coach to let her play.

Coming in 2014.

Stay tuned.

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A FAMILY FOR LEONA

A story about an Orphan Train Rider.

Coming in 2014.

More later.

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WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT

The story of three girls that hear weird noises in the night and imagine that all sorts of monsters are in the house. We now have an illustrator for this book. YAY!

Will update soon.

2014 looks like a good year.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Just Breeze - Blog for Tweens

 

A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT

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Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace
bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and
drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in
South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who
reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the
block.

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Reviews

“Families splitting apart.

Friends coming together.

And a pair of ghosts who need some serious help from the living.
Yup! That’s the makings of a terrific tween book! Once again, Beverly Stowe McClure has worked her magic and written a winner of a ghost story. Only, it’s much more than a ghost story. It’s also about Erik Burks learning what is truly important in life with the help of a pair of adventurous twins, Stormy and Starry Knight. (Love their names!)” Darby Karchut, Author of the Griffin Series and Finn Finnegan Series
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What a great tween adventure! This book has everything for kids who like action, mystery, pirates, and ghosts. Beverly Stowe McClure very cleverly intersperses real piratical and nautical facts between her fictionalized account of the feud between (historical figures) Major Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard. Danger abounds when Erik and his friends board the pirate ghost ship and set sail on their quest to resolve the ghosts’ issues. Magic and mayhem keep the action going, without being too scary. I liked the author’s handling of Erik’s inner turmoil, his confusion over his father’s behavior, and his longing for his life and friends back in Texas. A subtle theme is how children deal with parental break-ups. The author creates a lovely character in Erik, which kids will relate to very well. Very enjoyable. Recommended. Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers’ Favorite.
 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Books

 

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HOW I WROTE MY FIRST BOOK

Take a peek into the life of some writers on their journey to publication. Read more at Twilight Times Books. The trade paperback and Kindle edition are  available, and the best part is the Kindle version is free. Yes, you heard me right — free.

Anthology by Twilight Times Authors

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Books

 

LIFE ON HOLD

A paper found.

A secret revealed.

A girl’s life changed forever.

YA Contemporary Novel

Myra Gibson’s life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the guest house tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.

YA Contemporary Novel availble at the publisher, 4RV Publishing.  You can pick up a copy online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble and at other online stores. Also, your local bookstore can order copies for you. Happy reading.

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“…Beverly Stowe McClure has just written her best book yet. I’ve read most of her other ones and loved them all, but this one is my favorite. The school librarian at the middle school where I teach is already looking into buying a copy for the school library. It’s that good.” Darby Karchut, Award Winning Author of Griffin Rising and Griffin’s Fire, http://darbykarchut.com

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“Beverly McClure deals with complicated issues like adoption, teen pregnancy, and family secrets with realism and sensitivity. Teen readers can easily relate to Myra’s pain and rebellion. Part coming of age, part teen romance, Life on Hold is full of surprises.” ~ Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts

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I’m happy to announce that Life on Hold won silver in the 2013 Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards, YA fiction division. What an honor.

Silver Winner Children's Literary Classics

Silver Winner Children’s Literary Classics

LIFE ON HOLD has been awarded a 5 star review at Reader’s Favorite. How cool is that?

Reader's Favorite Review

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Books

 

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Frankie’s Perfect Home

Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off i n search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already ccupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home?

Alex  Morris is the talented illustrator of the gorgeous cover and the pictures inside the book. Just wait until you see the animals.

Frankie’s Perfect Home is available Online at Amazon and at Barnes & Nobel and other stores or ask your favorite bookstore to order you a copy. You can also find Frankie at the publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing.

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“Children will relate to Frankie’s frustration with his crowded burrows, especially with all those annoying brothers. Who can sleep with some one’s tail in your eyes or a foot in your mouth?” Darby Karchut, author of Griffin Rising and Griffin’s Fire.

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“Beverly Stowe McClure brings to life the world of Frankie Armadillo in a delightful imaginary way that the reader almost forgets Frankie is not human.” Donna M. McDine, author of The Golden Pathway.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Books

 

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Book Clubs

For those of you who are in a book club and reading my YA historical novel, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, I’ve put together some discussion questions you are welcome to use. Also, I have stickers tor the 2011 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS, where Caves is a finalist in the novella division. I’ll be happy to send you one for your book. You can email me where to send it at Beverlysmcclure(at)aol(dot)com, if you’re interested.

Here is the discussion guide. Use what works for you with your club.

CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES

Discussion Guide

About the Book:

Imagine living in a cave, the earth quivering with each cannon shot, dust sifting down, in your hair and your eyes, the walls threatening to collapse and bury you alive.

On Thursday, Mary 21, 1863, a mortar shell rips through the wall of fourteen-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford’s bedroom. Afraid their home is no longer safe, her mama, Susan, rushes Lizzie and her younger brother, Nathan, to the cave, where she plans to live until the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ends. Lizzie, however, has her own plans: to enlist in the Confederate Army and help drive General Ulysses S. Grant and his Yankees into the Mississippi River. Her older brothers, Joseph and Willie, are in Virginia, fighting for their cause. Can she do any less? But Willie’s death in battle, Joseph’s return home, wounded, bitter, and filled with guilt, and a young Yankee whose life she saves make Lizzie question whether there is a right or wrong side to this Civil War.

About the Author:

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of four young adult novels and one tween novel. They include Listen to the Ghost, Serets I Have Kept, Rebel in Blue Jeans, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, and Just Breeze. Beverly lives in the country in Texas with her husband, house cat as well as a stray cat that’s adopted her, and a variety of wild critters.

Possible Discussion Questions:

1. How is Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines similar to other novels about the American Civil War?

2. Two of Lizzie’s brothers are fighting in the war. How does this change her family?

3. Why does Lizzie decide to join the army?

4. What does she learn from her decision to be a soldier?

5. In what ways does Lizzie differ from other young girls of her time?

6. What motivates Lizzie to care for Benjamin, the wounded Yankee?

7. Why is taking Vicksburg important to Ulysses S. Grant?

8. How does blockading the city achieve General Grant’s goal?

9. Does Lizzie show courage in the story?

10. Are her brothers, Nat, Willie, and Joseph brave?

11. What is courage in your opinion?

12. How does Lizzie’s mother, Susan, react to the war?

13. Which character is the most likeable? Why? The least likeable? Why?

14. What, if anything, does Lizzie learn from the house servants?

15. Compare the clothing of the era to today’s.

16. How did families keep in touch with their sons so far from home in Lizzie’s day? How do they communicate today?

17. What is it like for the family to live in the cave behind their home?

18. When Vicksburg surrenders, how do the Federal soldiers treat the southerners?

19. If the Confederates had won, how might this have changed the outcome of the war?

20. Compare the type of weapons used during the 1860s to those of today.

 

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Book Clubs

 

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