DOG BONE SOUP is not only the title of Bette A. Stevens’s debut novel; it ranks high among the paltry meals that the book’s protagonist, Shawn Daniels, wants to forget. Plodding through mounting snow and battling howling winds, Shawn is ready to leave it all behind—living in poverty, Dad’s drinking, life in foster care, the divorce, the bullies….
Travel with Shawn Daniels through the guts and the glories of life. You’ll find them all in DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming-of-age saga. (Also available in paperback)“This short story is filled with images and flavor only better provided by an ice cream cone…PURE TRASH gives the reader pause for thought, and I recommend it to the adult reader and the YA reader alike. ” ~Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, author of fiction & non-fiction
Nine-year-old Shawn Daniels is ready to embark on a Saturday adventure with his younger brother Willie. They’re off to search for trash to turn into treasure. It’s going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd.
PURE TRASH is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied. It may redefine your concept of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its descriptors. For Shawn and Willie, their difference is based upon the social status of the dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up. (Also available in paperback)
AMAZING MATILDA (Ages 4-11) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly. This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again! (Also available in paperback)
This book will keep anyone busy for hours. If you like puzzles and riddles this book will be great for you. Tangrams can be found in almost any toy store or department store, but if you don’t want to buy them this book can show you how to make your own out of cardboard. You rearrange the shapes to try to match the animal. The animal shapes are fun and the riddles are great too. Don’t worry the answers are in the book so you will not get stuck trying to figure them out. Plus, pages at the end for you create your own tangrams and riddles!
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- Poverty & prejudice yesterday, today and tomorrow (Guest post by Bette A. Stevens)
- AMAZING MATILDA Book Review (Review by Michelle James on BOOK CHAT 2015)
- Bette A. Stevens AMAZING MATILDA Book Award (Gittle List and Purple Dragonfly 2014)
Activities & Resources
- Bette’s FREE Monarch Butterfly Learning & Fun pdf
- Tangram – SWOT Analysis (designgames12.wordpress.com)
- 10 Fun Toys and Games You Can Make at Home (wisebread.com)