Just Breezeby Beverly Stowe Mcclure
Then she meets Cam , the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of
Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She's still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet.
Then she meets Cam , the new boy in school who speaks with an accent and must be from another planet, for none of the earthling boys she knows are so polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother and that Breeze must help him keep.
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- 10 - 15 Years
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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite In Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure, Breeze Brannigan just started eighth grade and thought she would somehow turn into a gorgeous woman like her sister when she turned 13, but nothing seems to be different. Still the tallest person in school with big feet, braces, and wild red hair, Breeze was just unhappy. Then, she meets the new kid in school, Cam. Hearing him speaking with an unknown accent and being very polite to everyone, she’s convinced he’s from another planet. The more she learns about him, the more intrigued she becomes. Will she be able to keep his secret? And what will happen if it gets out? While reading Beverly Stowe McClure’s Just Breeze, I was immediately brought back to my days in middle school. Worried about her appearance, wanting to be just as pretty and successful as her siblings, convinced she will never have a boyfriend, Breeze’s thoughts were so authentic to how a 13-year-old thinks. McClure does a fantastic job of making all of the characters in this book realistic. What I liked most about the story was the different relationships that Breeze had. Whether with her parents, her siblings, her best friend, or with the new mysterious boy in school, each of her relationships were unique and genuine. Not only was Breeze completely relatable, but you also start to wish you'd had a friend like her back when you were 13. She’s awkward, respectful, sarcastic, and an amazing friend. This is a great story about friendship, family, love, and discovering yourself. Young teens will really enjoy this.
Who would want to go through life with a name like Breeze? Breeze Brannigan had no choice and her looks and personality as described by Beverly Stowe McClure in Just Breeze complement that name. This contemporary novel tells just what it is like for eighth graders through the interactions of the major characters, Amy, Cam, Tony, Allison, Sara and Noah. There are also the wise parents and other adults who are not averse to meting out sage advice to the 'harem scarem' teens. The story centers on Breeze and her relationship with the 'new boy in town'. "But I barely heard Tony, for standing behind was this boy I'd never seen, an average-looking guy. Not take your breath away handsome, but surprise, surprise, he was as tall as me. Correction, his spiky-like hair was as tall as me. His eyes struck me at nose level." There are the usual teenage angst scenes as well as the interesting revelations. She is attracted to him, but has to wonder about him. Why does he like her? Or does he? Where is he from? Is he an alien? All of these questions and more are asked and answered in this rousing book. You will have to read this book to follow the metamorphosis of Breeze and her friends as they begin to grow up. Beverly Stowe McClure lives in Texas with her husband, Jack. She is a 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.
Like most 8th grade girls, Breeze Brannigan loves to hang with friends, try new hairstyles and talk about boys. As the tallest student in her class, Breeze figures no boy will be interested in her, a skinny, red-headed giraffe with braces. When she meets the new guy at school, the polite, handsome Cam, things get interesting. Author Beverly Stowe McClure has created in Breeze a character that is refreshingly innocent, yet displays a wicked sense of humor and ability to laugh at her own foibles. Is there a fairy tale ending for Breeze and Cam? I'm not telling. What I will say is that as a young girl, I would have LOVED this book. I highly recommend it for girls ages 10 and up.
Breeze wasn't really looking forward to the start of eighth grade. It's hard to get excited about the some old thing. Plus, it is hard to fit in when you have crazy, wild red hair, feet the size of canoes, and you're taller than anyone who has ever attended Whispering Springs Middle School. In fact, Breeze has a list of complaints about her life. She has a beautiful and popular older sister who has petite size six feet and is head of the varsity cheerleaders. She has an annoying brother named Noah. Add to the list the fact that she wears braces, finds her name an embarrassment, and that she'll be having her mother as a teacher this year, and you've pretty much completed her list of grievances. With all this working against her, imagine Breeze's surprise when she meets Cam. How lucky can she get to have the cutest guy ever suddenly attending school in her tiny town, and besides that, he doesn't seem to be immediately repulsed by her flaming hair and overwhelming height. With the encouragement of her best friend, Amy, Breeze attempts some changes to attract Cam's attention. However, when trying out for an opening on the cheerleading squad ends with a badly sprained ankle and an attempt at a makeover ends in disaster, Breeze is ready to forget the whole thing. JUST BREEZE is a fun read about the perils of middle school. It covers the territory quite completely with the struggle to fit in, annoying parents, even more annoying siblings, and the search for true love. Author Beverly Stowe McClure brings Breeze to life for the enjoyment of middle grade readers everywhere.