Dog Bone Soup, A Boomer's Journey: Shawn Daniels yearns to escape a life of abject poverty and its aftermath. Find out where this Boomer's been and where he's going in a coming-of-age survival story that embodies family, community, bullying, classism and

Dog Bone Soup, A Boomer's Journey: Shawn Daniels yearns to escape a life of abject poverty and its aftermath. Find out where this Boomer's been and where he's going in a coming-of-age survival story that embodies family, community, bullying, classism and

by Bette A. Stevens

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Overview

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....Shawn Daniels's father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home-lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood...But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don't cost a dime. DOG BONE SOUP is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living The American Dream. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503149656
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).
Bette A. Stevens is the author of award-winning picture book AMAZING MATILDA; home/school resource, The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to DOG BONE SOUP.

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Dog Bone Soup, A Boomer's Journey: Shawn Daniels yearns to escape a life of abject poverty and its aftermath. Find out where this Boomer's been and wh 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
D.L. Finn More than 1 year ago
“Dog Bone Soup” is a story told through a boy’s eyes as he grows up in a desperately poor family in the 50’s with an abusive-alcoholic father. Shawn spends time surviving and taking care of his family’s needs, as well as finding time to enjoy life with his brother. I wondered what dog bone soup was and quickly found out it came from Shawn having to get dog bones at the butcher, so his family could eat. Ms. Stevens’ descriptions of the era really pulled me into the story. I loved the relationship between Shawn and his younger brother Willie and the creative ways they found to supply the family with food. It was sad how people treated them and the pride the family had--that ended up hurting them at times. Using an outhouse and having to bring water in each day when everyone else had indoor plumbing was made worse when the father made sure he had electricity for his TV. This was one of many examples of what four children had to endure from a selfish father and a mother struggling to care for her family. A beautifully written coming of age story that I can highly recommend!
JAOwenby More than 1 year ago
It's a rare treat when an author writes such a beautiful, touching story that it doesn't leave you for days. The emotional journey of Shawn Daniel's stepping into adulthood before any child should have to leaves an impact that you can't easily forget. Bette Stevens once again delivers an amazing story. I highly recommend!
macjam47 More than 1 year ago
DOG BONE SOUP is a heartwarming and sometimes humorous look at life in the 1950’s and 60’s. It is a story of poverty, bullying, alcoholism, and domestic violence. It will take you back to a time when society accepted these issues as a normal occurrence. Dog bone soup is a recurring topic throughout this book. When as a very young boy, Shawn and his brother were put into foster care, it soon became evident they were merely a paycheck to his foster mother. Eventually his father got him back and moved the family to a house that most would call a shack because his father was too lazy to insulate or install running water. A child of dirt-poor parents, Shawn Daniels collected the bones from the butcher for his mother to make dog bone soup to feed her family. Even though his mother dressed up the soup as much as she could with what she had on hand, Shawn hated having to eat it. Shawn watched as his drunken father abused his mother, physically and verbally. The oldest of four children, he shouldered much of the responsibility his father shunned. He helped his mom with the chores and with the care and supervision of his brother and sisters. He did a man’s job while still a young boy. Added to all of his other problems, the school bully made his life miserable and teased him unrelentingly because he was poor and the son of the town drunk. Shawn vowed to himself, he would pull himself up out of poverty, get away from this town, and make something of himself. Life was hard, but Shawn had the spirit and the tenacity to do something about it. This book was a surprise in the way it brought to light all of the issues Shawn faced daily, from his early childhood onward. Many of those issues are still in evidence today. Unlike Shawn, the wheels of politics and progress grind slowly and none of these adversities in society have been completely eradicated. Bette Stevens, with her insight and talent for bringing a story to life, did an outstanding job capturing the woes and the struggles of a poor family in a time when the rest of the community was moving forward into the American dream. DOG BONE SOUP is a profound coming of age story you will not want to miss. I recommend it to every reader from pre-teen through adulthood. This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.