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A Family for Leona Paperback – May 3, 2016
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Author Beverly Stowe McClure is a skilled story-teller. As with all her books, she writes with a depth of emotion that helps readers connect instantly with her characters. With a page-turning plot and a story which begs to be discovered, A Family for Leona is a book which rises to the occasion for fans of her work and will certainly draw new fans who will come to want more from this exceptionally talented author. Recommended for home and school libraries A Family for Leona is a wonderful book that will speak to the hearts of readers of all ages.
I couldn’t stop reading this book! I just had to find out what happened to stubborn (but brave) Leona, artistic and loyal Noah, and the kindly couple, Matthew and Jessie. And Sunbeam, of course. Because kittens, no? Not only was A FAMILY FOR LEONA a sweet coming of age story, I also learned a bit more about this time in American history, and about the stark beauty of the Texas countryside.
Some of my favorite parts of the story were when the author wove in bits and pieces of American life during the 1920s. For example, I didn’t realize that girls back then read LITTLE WOMEN and BLACK BEAUTY. Or that some folks were avid photographers. (Do I detect a bit of the author in the character of Emma?) Or that Eskimo Pies were such a treat.
As she always does, Beverly McClure wrote a tight, well-crafted story and a compelling ending. Throughout the entire book, the old saying: “blossom where you’re planted” kept running through my head.
However, the greatest moment for me as a reader was when I went back and read the author’s note, and discovered that the main character—a plucky girl who had to leave her family and ride a train to Texas, and then was adopted, was actually Beverly McClure’s real life mother!
Leona is a spitfire of a girl. She steps in when she witnesses bullying, even when her assistance isn’t really wanted. Her spunk serves her well though as she works her way through the unexpected turns her life takes. And I admit, I got a little weepy at the end. Mrs. McClure offers us a very touching resolution.
This is an important part of our country’s history and I recommend this book for any middle grade reader who likes historical fiction, and for the libraries that serve those readers. Another wonderfully written story from Beverly Stowe McClure.
A copy of the book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.