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I’m excited to tell you about my stories for readers ages 8-14. I hope you’ll stop by often and leave your comments.
My latest novel is just out from 4RV Publishing. It’s listed for tween/teen readers, but I think adults will enjoy the story too. If you are a fan of historical novels, this is one to add to your collection.
Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn’t understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother’s death in 1921. Each day she prays he’ll return and take his children home. God, however, isn’t listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep.
A FAMILY FOR LEONA is loosely based on my mother’s life. She was an Orphan Train Rider. Have you heard of the Orphan Trains? If not, I think you’ll be interested. If so, you’ll want to learn more about them. Questions or comments? Please leave a comment. Thank you.
Available in paperback and hardback at:
More to follow:
I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE
STAR OF THE TEAM
A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT
UNDER A PURPLE MOON
Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother’s criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can’t deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden’s not sure what the word love means.
Thee other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden’s world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all.
Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?
Silver Award Winner in the 2016 Children’s Literary Classics Awards.
LIFE ON HOLD
A paper found. A secret revealed. A girl’s life changed forever. 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 summerhouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.
Silver Winner in the Children’s Literary Classics Awards. 2013.
Children’s Literary Classics: McClure exhibits rare talent in this story which follows a young girl on her journey to discovery as she struggles to be true to herself in this compelling coming-of-age novel.
Award winning author Darby Karchut: I, for one, think 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.
CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES
(Info coming soon)
SECRETS I HAVE KEPT
LISTEN TO THE GHOST
REBEL IN BLUE JEANS
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. If you’d like a guide for any of my other books, email me at Beverlysmcclure(at)aol(dot)com and I’ll get back to you..
Here is the discussion guide. Use what works for you with your club.
CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES
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.
What Do Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines Have in Common?
Many times ordinary singular items are brought together to tell the most unusual story and Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is one of those times. The year 1863 is a turbulent time for the people of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Frustration swells for fourteen-year-old, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford for only men are allowed to serve in the Confederate Army. Bombings occur daily and Lizzy’s mother finds them safety in the cave behind their house, hence the blending of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines.
The fictional story of the Stamford family told through the eyes of young Lizzy propels the reader into the historical events surrounding the Battle of Vicksburg and the harsh realities of war and one fourteen-year-old girl’s determination to make a difference at any cost.
Author, Beverly Stowe McClure’s expert research and writing ability will make you feel the dampness of the cave, the echoing of bombs, the distinct rustling of crinolines, and the harshness of war all intertwined for an experience one will soon not forget.
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Rebel in Blue Jeans. Read more about Rebel at Blazing Trailers.
SCHOOL VISITS AND WORKSHOPS
I would love to visit your school and talk with your students about reading. I also do workshops where students can add to the lessons taught in the classroom about writing a story. My programs are listed below, but I am open to whatever teachers would like for me to do.
Fun With Reading (Pre-K-2)
We play a game. I start by asking three questions about an animal, and the students guess the animal. Then students take turns asking three questions and letting other students guess what it is. My armadillo hand puppet and I read from my picture book, FRANKIE’S PERFECT HOME.
How to Write a Story (3-5)
Students talk about their favorite ways to travel: car, airplane, train, ship, bus. I tell them about my mother’s journey on an Orphan Train. We look at the steps I used to write her story. Students will receive a fun wordhunt. Q/A
Research is Fun (6-8)
We discuss researching for accurate information using my award winning YA historical novel, CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES. We’ll also see what research is necessary for a contemporary novel and how writing it differs from writing a historical story. Bookmarks will be given to the students. Q/A
If you prefer a workshop where the students write their stories, I’m happy to do that.
Workshops (3-5 and 6-8)
Using Vision Boarding, students will develop ideas for a short story. Q/A
I also speak at libraries, book fairs and conferences.
To learn more, leave a comment below, or email me at Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com. I’ll be happy to send you my brochure.
I’m now scheduling for fall, 2014, and spring, 2015, and beyond.