"This short story is filled with imagesand flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone...PURE TRASH gives thereader pause for thought, and I recommend it to the adult reader and the YAreader alike. " Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, author of fiction &non-fiction
"Shawn and Willie live in the woods. Their family doesn't have indoor water or aflush toilet yet, but they do have a TV. The boys plan a great day together. Activities on the agenda are straight out of the nineteen fifties. "On the otherhand, the ugliness of human nature displayed here could be from any era, as thejudgmental neighbors and degrading torments that come from others could takeplace in present time as well as way back then. "Young adults and Middle grade children will findthis book to be an enjoyable quick read. Most children and adults as well canidentify with the emotion displayed here.We have all felt the sting of degrading remarks targeted at us for no otherreason than another wants to shower their meanness in order to satisfy theirown judgmental spirit. "Find out how a wonderful day takes a few twists andturns, how others can destroy the joy in your life, but only if you allow them,and how those who have little can still rise above those who think they aresuperior. "Shawn and Willie are two delightful young boys wholift your spirits and let you know life is all in the way you look at it. "Written by Bette A. Stevens; this is a book near anddear to my heart. I give it five *****stars."This book has been reviewed bySusan Hornbach, author of children's literature.
About the Author
Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher, a wife,mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with herhusband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, reading, gardening,walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for families, children andchildhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species. Stevens'schildren's activity book, THE TANGRAMZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert,ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012. AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens's secondchildren's book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellencein Children's Literature - Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for Self-publishedChildren's Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES,The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURETRASH: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England ina family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying byyoung and old alike.
This short story is a prequel to Stevens's debutnovel DOG BONE SOUP
, planned for release fall of 2014.