Katherine Anne Kirby has a problem. In fact she has more than one! She doesn't seem to connect with her family. She is picked on and bullied everyday at school. And if that's not enough, Kathy is fat. All in all, Kathy is miserable, but there is one place in the world where she feels peace, and freedom and contentment. Grumble Bluff, a deep forested ravine with a rushing stream flowing through, is Kathy's private sanctuary - a place that she has never shared with anyone.
Then comes the day when Kathy feels compelled to intercede for a girl named Greta who is being picked on by the same kids who have made her own life a living nightmare and she rescues Greta from her tormentors. From that day on the girls are inseparable and Kathy realizes something - that she hasn't had it so bad, all along. For her best friend is coping with a problem much bigger that anything Kathy has ever had to confront. Greta's wonderful father is dying.
In the serenity of Grumble Bluff the girls discover the power of their friendship, how to triumph over the tragedies of life, and how to laugh again.
Karen Bessey Pease is a native of the state of Maine. She lives with her family on a 70 acre homestead in the western mountains region of that state. Karen writes a newspaper column, Observations from The F.A.R.M. (Fresh Air and Room to Move) for the local newspaper, The Original Irregular. When she is not writing, Karen enjoys gardening, watching wildlife and taking walks in the woods with her husband, children and their pets. She has completed two sequels to Grumble Bluff.
|Publisher:||Strategic Book Group, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Grumble Bluff by Karen Bessey Pease is a young adult coming of age story. Katherine Anne Kirby can't connect with her family and she's bullied at school. If there is one place that she does enjoy, it is Grumble Bluff, a forested area with a flowing stream that becomes Kathy's own little oasis. One day Kathy rescues Greta, another girl getting picked on by the bullies at school. She invites her to Grumble Bluff and the two start a wonderful friendship. Kathy realizes that her life might not be that bad, as Greta has many more problems than Kathy does, including a very sick father. But in Grumble Bluff, none of that matters and the two children are free and safe and happy. What started as a simple intervention to stop bullying is now a full blown, life long friendship, and the two girls are happy for once in their lives. As long as they stay in Grumble Bluff. Grumble Bluff is a very sweet tale about friendship. I loved the title and the name of the woods the girls play in. I think every young person should have some safe place that they can go to and get away from their problems, so this is a very relevant story. Karen Bessey Pease does a nice job of writing about a hidden oasis that many readers will want to visit some day. And the descriptions are very beautiful and realistic!
A child being bullied at school is nothing new, but the intensity has risen to a resounding scream over the last few years. Grumble Bluff is a witty, often emotional, tale of a child awkwardly attempting to make her way through the rigors of growing up a tad different from those around her. She skirts the edges of nasty school mates and disconnected parents by doing her best to be invisible; until she witnesses a new girl innocently falling victim to the same school yard tormentors who make her own life difficult. It's a touching tale of the importance of friendship and self-worth told in the familiar vernacular of youth. It's a story that keeps the affronts in perspective and avoids the overall pain from spinning out of control.
The book has a solid plot and an easy flow. With teenagers facing so many challenges these days, this book gives the early teen some guidance if they are dealing with bullies or in dealing with any issue. Kudos to the author, I haven't read anything she has written before, but I will be looking for her name in the future.