The Glister Journals

The Glister Journals

by B. B. Shepherd

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ISBN-13: 9780982893616
Publisher: China Blue Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2011
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.58(d)
Age Range: 15 - 13 Years

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The Glister Journals: Bronze 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
vkhowll on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Glister Journals: Bronze by B.B. Shepherd is a fantastic read for any book lover. From page one you are drawn into the life of Allison. As a new freshman in high school, she feels awkward and out of place. She meets new friends and begins new adventures. Life changes for her as she faces new things in her life and begins to become a woman. I loved this book because it is relatable to everyone. We were all Allison once in our life. This book is great for any teenager or adult.
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bronze is Book One in The Glister Journals, a YA Fiction series.Allison is a 15 year old teenager who has just been uprooted from everything she has ever known. Her parents moved from Los Angeles to a quiet little horse town near Sacramento. Allison believes she isn't the prettiest, nor the brightest and she is way too tall for her age. She has always gone to a private school and she is nervous about fitting in with the rest of the kids in the area.Allison's parents are Heli-copter parents, barely giving her room to breathe in and controlling every aspect of her life. When Allison sees something shimmering in the forest that surrounds her house, her interest is intrigue and what she finds is about to change her life forever.Allison has met some really good friends, Robin, who quickly becomes her best friend and confidante, the Calderas brothers, Cris, quiet and sullen and Dave, who Allison is quite smitten over, Matthew, who would love to date Allison, Melanie, her cafeteria lunch partner and Brenda, her best friend in LA. Each of these people open Allie's heart to other possibilities by giving her love, trust and friendship when she expected nothing. As Allie goes through her metamorphasis, her father is worried that she is hanging with the wrong crowd and tries to come between them all. Allie finds the maturity to show her father that she isn't a little girl any longer and she is capable of making the right choices in her life. When Allison wishes to learn how to ride horses, her father gives in reluctantly and allows his daughter to find herself. Over the course of the year, we watch how Allison becomes a strong, mature and capable young lady, who sometimes makes incorrect choices, but is human for it all the more. When the end of the school year comes Allison is devastated to learn she will be spending the summer in LA with her family while her parents go abroad for her father's job. How will she survive without her friends, her horse and those she has come to love?I thought this was an extremely well-written book about growth. The characters were remarkable in their depth and the plot encouraged the reading to continue with the story set before them. I cannot say why I thought this book was wonderful, except for the honesty of the situations and the character attributes; the mystery that continues to surround the people involved; the absence of pretentiousness and the abject understanding that the emotions shared are real and not forced.I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding the back stories and frankly, that is part of the magic, the reader is never really given a lot on certain aspects in the plot and you yearn to continue to find out the outcome. The book is an exploration of human expression and raw emotions. I enjoyed the expressiveness found within the pages, they made the characters real for me.The antagonism in the story comes more from the situations than from human interactions, though there are a few instances where the one side of town has a clash with the other. The teenagers have divided themselves into them and us mentality and when the two combine, the outcomes are always fraught with intensity and drama.I would give this book a five out of five stars for the mystery that it incurs, for the need to find out what is going to happen to these young people as life throws its curves at them. I cannot wait to read the next book and I've already told the author this...LOL Okay, I got hooked and wanted more and was pleased to learn that I only have to wait a few more months before the next segment is ready to read. If you enjoy a well written YA reader with a bit of romance, some horses and some great characters, then you will definitely enjoy this book by B.B. Shepherd.
Ani36ol on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bronze is the first in a (hopefully) long series of novels in The Glister Journals written by B.B. Shepherd. It's a coming of age novel about a young girl coming to terms with over protective parents, a new set of friends and the yearning to learn to ride horses. The characters are wonderfully described in such a way that they become friends of the reader's and we end up totally wrapped up in their storylines. I can't wait for the sequel, to find out what happens to Allison and her friends, as their adventure continues!
amhamilt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Bronze is the first novel in a four-part series called The Glister Journals. It introduces us to Allison, a girl moving to a new place and a new school just in time for the start of her freshman year in high-school. Allison has always felt unpopular and out-of-place, and expects her new school to be no different. She is introduced to a group of people unlike any she has ever met before, and is surprised and shocked when she becomes included into the group. The next year is one of awakening for Allison; her new friends surpass her wildest expectations and she tries things she would have never considered before them. As a result, Allison really begins to grow; she becomes more assertive and independent, and has adventures she never would¿ve dreamed about in the past. I absolutely loved this book! It had me riveted from the first page. I can¿t really put my finger on what it was that I found so interesting, but I am hooked! The characters are beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. I especially love the Calderas, I am fascinated by their family dynamics and was left wanting more. Besides creating characters that are `real¿, B.B. Shepherd also created characters that are truly likable! I found myself really becoming invested in their lives. Maybe the reason why I loved this book so much is that it is real, nothing is forced or phony. I remember being a freshman in high school, and I feel as though Allison¿s emotions and actions are spot on. The desire to fit in and have true friends and the thrill and agony of your first real crush are things that everyone experiences; and Shepherd captured those feelings perfectly. I also really liked that the author included a warning in the front of the book which stated that mild swearing and adult situations occur in the book. As a mother of a pre-teen I really appreciated that! I think that this book is definitely appropriate for high-school age students (and for older adults too!). The swearing was very, very mild and there was no sex or drugs. I would let my 12-year-old read it without any qualms. I will definitely read this book again! It earns a 5 out of 5 rating from me, which is rare! At some points I blushed in embarrassment, chuckled out loud, or sobbed my heart out with Allison, and I love a book that can make me feel like the characters are real. Please hurry and finish the next three books, I can¿t wait to find out what happens next!!
ScribeSC More than 1 year ago
(Book was gifted by author for review) Have you ever read a book where you just wanted to hug the author when you were finished, and thank them a million times over for writing the book? That is the way I feel about this book. I have so many things to say about this book that I truly do not know where to start. I have not read a book of this length in quite a while, (the story is just under 700 pages) and I just wanted it to keep going and going. The story is about Allison Anderson who moves from California with her family to a small town called Douglas. She has had trouble with fitting in at school and socially in the past and thinks that it will be the same here, but is welcomed into a group of friends. Not sure of their motives she doesn’t trust them at first, but then when they show her that they intentions are good she warms to them all but one in particular, Dave Caldera. Through many ups, and downs, mini and major dramas they all become close but not as close as Allison is to Dave in her mind and imagination. But I won’t go any further as I do not want to spoil any of the story for any of you. This story was primarily written with a teenage market in mind, but it can be enjoyed by all ages. The main character Allison is one that I can relate to on many different levels, at her age I was the same as her in a lot of ways, feeling different and awkward and not having many friends. I loved how the author portrayed her with so much going on in her head, but being able to hide it from those around her. The characters were beautifully written, they all come across as very realistic like you could know them personally. I thought that her parents were very well written also, especially their relationship in regards to their daughter. Her mother is more forgiving while, her father is more serious, and not as flexible when it comes to Allison and what he lets her do in relation to her friends. I personally think that he could have been a little bit more flexible with her, but once the story gets going you could understand why he is the way he is with her.The horse aspect to the book was absolutely beautiful, and another aspect that was close to my heart as I have always loved horses, and had a bit to do with them in my childhood. I found all the information about the riding events very interesting and read those parts of the book with great interest. I look forward to reading more books by this wonderful author in the future and I hope that others can discover the wonderful treasure I have found. The only thing that I had a bit of a problem with was the font that was used in the chapter names, a couple of them I had a bit of difficulty reading but that is just a personal thing but thought it was worth mentioning. The book contains a Glossary of Terms and chapter discussions which makes it great for reading groups or school teachers. I can and do highly recommend this book to be added to everyone’s TBR list if you enjoy a great read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite Allison Anderson and her mother move from urban Los Angeles to the Nevada countryside. Both of them must grow accustomed to a different style of living while Allison's father travels extensively for business. Allison has always seen herself as a bit of a nerd as she must wear glasses to see and is skinny with long arms and legs. She is a freshman at the local high school where she makes friends with pretty Melanie and red-haired Robin who is an experienced horse person. Then Allison encounters, and is attracted to, fellow freshman Dave Caldera whose older brother Chris is a senior and whose wealthy father owns a huge nearby ranch. And then there is Gold, the undernourished stray horse, who Allison finds at the back of her property. Bit by bit, Allison draws close to Gold with offerings of carrots and apples and to her new friends who encourage her love of horses. But when Allison's father returns from his travels. He is not happy with Allison or with her choice of friends. Will Allison be able to adapt to parental control while keeping her new friendships, including her love of Gold, going? "Bronze: The Glister Journals" is a well-written novel of teenagers and their world. It is also a story of horses and teenage horsemanship. The main character Allison is a totally delightful fourteen year old girl whose innocence and awkwardness is refreshing. Dave and Chris(Cris) Caldera, Robin and Melanie are good as supporting characters, and Allison's parents are believable in their initial strictness that eases as they get to know their neighbors and Allison's friends. The plight of Allison when she has to give him after knowing his identity will bring tears to most readers' eyes. "Bronze: The Glister Journals" is a good story that will be adored by teenagers who love horses and those teens who've never been near a horse.
BookwormBlake More than 1 year ago
Bronze is an entertaining story that draws you in from the first chapter. It is a wonderful combination of a coming of age story, mixed with adventure and mystery. I loved the main character Allison, her portrayal by the author was so genuine I felt I knew her. This was a GREAT read; I can¿t wait to get my hands on the next book.
BookWormAMY12 More than 1 year ago
Bronze is the first novel in a four-part series called The Glister Journals. It introduces us to Allison, a girl moving to a new place and a new school just in time for the start of her freshman year in high-school. Allison has always felt unpopular and out-of-place, and expects her new school to be no different. She is introduced to a group of people unlike any she has ever met before, and is surprised and shocked when she becomes included into the group. The next year is one of awakening for Allison; her new friends surpass her wildest expectations and she tries things she would have never considered before them. As a result, Allison really begins to grow; she becomes more assertive and independent, and has adventures she never would've dreamed about in the past. I absolutely loved this book! It had me riveted from the first page. I can't really put my finger on what it was that I found so interesting, but I am hooked! The characters are beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. I especially love the Calderas, I am fascinated by their family dynamics and was left wanting more. Besides creating characters that are 'real', B.B. Shepherd also created characters that are truly likable! I found myself really becoming invested in their lives. Maybe the reason why I loved this book so much is that it is real, nothing is forced or phony. I remember being a freshman in high school, and I feel as though Allison's emotions and actions are spot on. The desire to fit in and have true friends and the thrill and agony of your first real crush are things that everyone experiences; and Shepherd captured those feelings perfectly. I also really liked that the author included a warning in the front of the book which stated that mild swearing and adult situations occur in the book. As a mother of a pre-teen I really appreciated that! I think that this book is definitely appropriate for high-school age students (and for older adults too!). The swearing was very, very mild and there was no sex or drugs. I would let my 12-year-old read it without any qualms. I will definitely read this book again! It earns a 5 out of 5 rating from me, which is rare! At some points I blushed in embarrassment, chuckled out loud, or sobbed my heart out with Allison, and I love a book that can make me feel like the characters are real. Please hurry and finish the next three books, I can't wait to find out what happens next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a keeper! From the first pages to the last pages, I was captivated! Loved all the characters and the town of Douglas, where Allison has moved to. I can't wait for book two and the continuing adventures of Allison, Robin, Dave, and Gold, a wild horse that has become friends with Allison. You don't have to be a horse lover to enjoy this book!