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Saving Bluestone Belle Paperback – October 24, 2006
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PRAISE FOR SAVING BLUESTONE BELLE!
"I read it to a group of wildly enthusiastic 4th graders...we laughed a lot as we read." (Linda Hunnicutt, 4th grade teacher)
"An excellent read for the whole family." (Richard Blake, Amazon Vine Voice)
"What fun and excitement! .... a novel that kids and parents can enjoy together." (Nancy Lester, M.A., Educational Psychologist)
"This novel....makes for an utterly delightful reading experience." (Emma Kaye)
"My 12 year old son, who teachers label a 'reluctant reader,' read the whole book in record time and I could hear him laughing in the next room." (Sarah B.)
About the Author
Strawberry Shakespeare was born and educated in New York City where she received a master's degree and doctoral training in clinical psychology. While working in the mental health field she returned to her original love - writing - and is now a bestselling children's author and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.
Saving Bluestone Belle, Shakespeare's debut novel, is an Amazon bestseller and a popular children's book for ages 9-12, and has been a book club selection, a featured attraction and an award winner at book groups, book fairs, book festivals and animal rights conferences across the country. Her other bestselling children's books include The Cloud Horse: Short Fiction for Kids and her newest release, Hope's Horse: The Mystery of Shadow Ridge.
Shakespeare was interviewed by reporters at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles. What follows is a quote from that interview.
"How we treat the least among us is an indication of who we really are as a culture. Too often, horses are viewed as a disposable commodity rather than as faithful companions and helpmates of man. I was horrified by reports of their rampant abuse and exploitation by the horse slaughter industry, and decided to highlight this issue in my children's novels. My hope is that this story will inspire young people to take a stand against cruelty toward horses and other animals."
For more information about Strawberry Shakespeare and her children's books visit her website at StrawberryShakespeare.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
For his tenth birthday his father presented Homer with a magnificent white horse to replace Benny Two Shoes. The horse was repossessed due to a misunderstanding at the bank. Two desperado type characters loaded Bluestone Belle into their truck and hauled her away.
The story revolves around Homer, Dr. Willoughby, his psychiatrist, Joe, his personal trainer, and Maria, the family maid, and their efforts to save Bluestone Belle from a band of criminals.
Narrow escapes, thrilling chases, and death defying risks keep the reader in suspense throughout this fast paced adventure story, for kids, ages 9-12.
The characters are zany and loveable. Maria's frequent use of Spanish phrases gives the story an added dimension.
The illustrations by Mike Bitz are clever and expressive. The author has demonstrated an uncanny sense of understanding of this age group in her choice of vocabulary in both the narrative and in the dialog of her characters.
Young readers will identify with Homer's sense of loneliness as his parents choose career and freedom instead fulfilling parental roles. Romantic innuendos give promise to reconciliation when Homer is kidnapped while attempting to save Bluestone Belle.
This dramatic adventure story is an excellent choice for the classroom, for family night reading, and holds potential for an award winning family film. An excellent read for the whole family.
N Lester, MA Counseling
N Lester, MA Counseling