PURE TRASH: The Story: Shawn Daniels in a Poor Boy's Adventure: 1950s Rural New England

PURE TRASH: The Story: Shawn Daniels in a Poor Boy's Adventure: 1950s Rural New England

by Bette A. Stevens


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The year is 1955. Experience the joy of a carefree Saturday and the blistering pain of feeling not quite good enough as you hop on a bike and ride into town with two delightful young boys who find adventure at every turn. Shawn and Willie Daniels live in the woods with no indoor water or plumbing. Dad spends most of his hard earned money on beer. Prejudice, class division, alcoholism, poverty, injustice, and a hint at bullying are cleverly woven into this 1950s adventure short. PURE TRASH is a prequel to the author's upcoming debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481824446
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/10/2013
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

About the Author

Bette A. Stevens is a retired 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 childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, a threatened species. Stevens's children's activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO! was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012. AMAZING MATILDA , Stevens's second children's book, self-published in 2012, won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children's Literature - Ages 6 and older category) and placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List TOP 10for Self-published Children's Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike. This short story is a prequel to Stevens's debut novel planned for release in the summer of 2014. Find out more about the author and her books at http://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

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PURE TRASH: The Story: Shawn Daniels in a Poor Boy's Adventure: 1950s Rural New England 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nifty, folksy little slice of the rural life of bygone days told with engaging prose. A quarter hour well spent. I felt nostalgia and plenty of sympathy for the scrappy protagonists.
StarGazer2 More than 1 year ago
‘Judging a book by its cover’ is an age old saying that will never go away. Whether it is ingrained in human DNA or a learned behavior, it is sad to be judged by the way you look, dress, your race or heritage. If you have never experienced this, then you are within a minority group and very fortunate. The rest of us can relate to Shawn Daniels, the main character in Pure Trash written by Bette A. Stevens. A person should only be judged by their actions. I feel a person’s actions will give a better view into the individual’s soul.     
Rebecca_C More than 1 year ago
This story brought back memories of my youth growing up in rural New England, when it was safe to let your children ride three miles to town on their bicycles. We had a small country store with an assortment of items such as this one. Many other fond memories as well. They are nicely depicted in this story. I realize it is listed as a "prequel" to a story coming out later this year. However, it seems to be more a chapter than a complete story, as it doesn't really go into any depth about the supposed bullying. Only the cruel comments by the adults. I do like the double meaning about "trash" in the story--the boys collecting it and the opinion of the town's people that that is what the two boys are. The ending, however, seemed a bit incomplete. But, an interesting short story. I'd be interested to see how the full novel plays out.
JGRWriter More than 1 year ago
What a splendid short story! Bette A. Stevens does a wonderful job of transporting readers back through the decades. Stevens has a natural ability and ease with words. Not only could I appreciate the language of the era, I was further drawn into the characters' all too simple lives and unfortunate circumstances. Stevens uses the voice of main character Shawn to give readers a personal look at the effects of social inequalities and bullying. Moreover, it's even worse when the unacceptable behavior is handed down by adults. The author sets the stage for what will most certainly be a novel about courage, social injustices and overcoming the past. I look forward to the main novel, as this introduction has most certainly peaked my interest. Highly recommended reading by a writer that knows how to let the writing flow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bette Steven's short story Pure Trash takes you through the day in the life of two impoverished children.  The story reminds me that we are quick to judge and bully others based on their looks or their living conditions.  Bette Stevens did a great job telling the story from Shawn's perspective, an 11 year old boy, who is bullied for what he does not have and his station in life.  I look forward to reading Pure Trash, The Story (the continuation of Shawn's story) when it is released.
KKScaramuzzo More than 1 year ago
Pure Trash by Bette Stevens As I read this story I was transported by to my childhood. I also grew up in a small town and many of the attitudes and reactions were things that I had seen. If you had not been privy to these, this story would probably shock or at least surprise some people. It is a sad statement on our society that bullying still exists. This story gives an example of it and the lengths that the bullied have to engage in to avoid such torture. Also in this story are the undertones of prejudice. The fact that the children do not pick up on it is a statement on the innocence of children. This is a lovely story about coming of age in a small town. It is well written with lots of feeling and insight. It was given this story for an honest review. It really reminded me of my younger years and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave this story 5 out of 5 stars!
JAOwenby More than 1 year ago
Pure Trash transports you into a world of a young man named Shawn Daniels. As you read the first few pages the reader is met with immediate conflict on several levels. Bette Stevens develops a strong protagonist that pulls on your heart strings and encompasses the reader's emotions. This is a perfect read if you're short on time or need something different. I recommend it, and I can't wait for the novel to follow. Bette Stevens just made my favorite author's list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sensitive, story you will enjoy, September 21, 2013 By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne "Deanie Humphrys-Dunne" (CT) - See all my reviews This review is from: PURE TRASH: The Story (Kindle Edition) "Pure Trash" is a story about the adventures of two small boys, Shawn and his younger brother, Willie. They are impoverished children growing up around 1950. Willie and Shawn endure taunting not only from their peers, but also from adults in their town. Despite the unkind nature of the townspeople, Willie and Shawn cling to dreams of a better life. The simplest things fill them with joy. I believe that middle grade children, young adults, parents and teachers will enjoy this book. They will relate to the problems that Willie and Shawn faced, because similar situations exist for many people in today's world. This story has a valuable message that must be shared. I highly recommend it! Reviewed by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne author of: Tails of Sweetbrier Charlie the Horse Charlene the Star Charlene the Star and Hattie's Her