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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983801827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983801825
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,091,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" ...an awesome story about adoption, a story that is so needed for children of any age. This book is great even for someone who is not adopted because it helps one understand the feeling of the adopted person. ...a book well worth your time and money." Reviewed by Joy H for Readers Favorite.

More About the Author

Most days, you'll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories. She's sometimes called the "bug lady." She's not telling why.

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Teen readers can easily relate to Myra's pain and rebellion.
Peggy Tibbetts
She is the mother to three sons, grandmother to four granddaughters and two grandsons and great grandmother to one great grandson.
Katherine Boyer
Beverly portrays Myra's situation realistically and makes the reader feel everything the character does, good or bad.
Melanie King

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darby Karchut on March 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
All I can say is wow! Beverly Stowe McClure knocked this one out of the ballpark. The story of Myra and her search for the truth touched upon one of the fundamental needs of all children (and teens): the need for a father in their lives.

Without giving away the plot, let me say that McClure did a stellar job asking and answering an age-old question: what does mean to be a father? Is it just the biological ties or is it more?

Several scenes really stood out for me: the wedding scene, where Myra and her not-quite-yet-sweetheart, Jeremy, are taping the festivities. I was laughing so hard, my sides hurt. The other scene: where Myra finally realizes who her real dad is. Tears and more tears! But the good kind. A priceless moment.

McClure captured the voice of the modern teen perfectly without relying on the usual snarky stereotypes we so often see in YA novels. These characters, both the main ones and the supporting ones, have good days and bad days. Sometimes, they do the right thing; sometimes, they make lousy decisions. Just like real teens.

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.

Bravo to Beverly Stowe McClure and her latest work, Life On Hold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Tibbetts VINE VOICE on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Myra Gibson's sixteenth summer begins with the discovery of a shocking family secret. The man she calls her father is not her birth father. Her world is shattered. She always thought her family was perfect. Her mother, the TV anchorwoman certainly acted like they were perfect. In fact, Mrs. Gibson forbids her to see Jeremy because he's not perfect enough for her. After Myra discovers her mother's secret she sheds her good girl persona and decides rules are meant to be broken. Myra's search for her birth father leads to a summer of forbidden love and reckless adventures into the local county music scene.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Boyer on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Beverly Stowe McClure writes excellent stories for the youth of today. She has done it again with Life on Hold. Her comprehension of a teenager's feelings, as they mature and become more aware of life around them, is very astute and empathetic.
Myra Gibson has to put her life on hold when she happens to come across a very disturbing piece of paper while cleaning out the family guesthouse. It is such a shock to her that she cannot even think about it, much less ask her parents about it. As an introverted teen, she has no one she can confide in.

"On June eleventh, ten days after my sixteenth birthday life as I knew it came to an end."

The startling discovery will change Myra's life, both with her family and her friends. She has to work it out by herself at first, but eventually starts to open up with her mother, then her father. Later she brings her friends into her secret and finds that she has a lot of support from all sides. Teens will love following Myra and her friends and family to the conclusion of her dilemma.
Beverly Stowe McClure lives in Texas with her husband, Jack. She is the mother to three sons, grandmother to four granddaughters and two grandsons and great grandmother to one great grandson. Her official bio says she married very young.
Beverly is a member of both the North Texas and the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of her other books for teens include Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Listen to the Ghost, Secrets I Have Kept, Rebel in Blue Jeans and Just Breeze.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nilsa I. Rodriguez on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Life on Hold is a story about a girl named Myra Gibson, who discovers that her parents have been hiding a secret. Her family life as she knew it, will never be the same. The once goody two shoes girl begins to rebel against her parents because of their betrayal. Beverly did an awesome job with this book. Myra's character and the decisions she make throughout the book are believeable. Her friends, family and love interest, Jeremy, are all characters that the readers can relate to. None of them are perfect, they each have their own "demons" to face, throughout thre book and the way Beverely constructed the plot, will keep you glued to the book to see what will happen next.
Now that Myra know she's adopted, and the man she knew as "Dad" is not really her father what will she do? Will she look for her real father? Will she be happy with her real father or will she be disappointed? Well you have to read the book to find out! ^-^

Thank you Beverly S. McClure for allowing me to review this book. Good luck on your writing career. :)
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