Genre: Fiction, Historical, Children’s
Publisher: Clean Reads
Publication date: January 6, 2016
Number of pages: 208
ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother.
Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.
With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.
A wool pea jacket cut between ClaireLee and a boy in the line. Nervous, she counted from the bottom eight black buttons all the way to the collar. The girl wearing the coat was head and shoulders taller than her. Peacoat crinkled her nose, while ClaireLee squinted at the raised scar running from eye to chin.
Cocking her one good brow, Peacoat sized up—or more like sized down—ClaireLee. Her voice boomed in the outside hallway. “Ya must be in fourth grade, so you take the right side in my classroom.” She pointed to herself. “I’m in sixth, so I’m on the left.”
Rolling her eyes, ClaireLee disliked it when someone believed they knew all about her. Fourth grade, my eye. Besides, she had things to think on. Why hadn’t Mama and Daddy come home? She had watched for their station wagon on the short walk to school. Then, there was Lolly, and ClaireLee clutched the handle of her lunch box. Lolly will eat with me at lunch.
Peacoat’s rude mouth interrupted ClaireLee’s mute conversation. “Hey, I’m talking to ya, squirt.”
Without blinking a lash, ClaireLee glared at her. Her mouth open, Peacoat placed her hands on her hips. “Why ya gawkin’ at me?”
“What does gawkin’ mean?”
“You’re as tough as a banty rooster, ain’t ya?” Peacoat burst out laughing.
Author Jean Ann Williams, the eldest in a large family, enjoys digging into her fascinating childhood to create stories for children. Having written over one hundred articles for children and adults, this is her first book. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre where they raise a garden, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods and practicing archery with her bow.
May 23–Reading Is My SuperPower
May 24–Bookworm Lisa | Toni Shiloh Prayerfully-Lifted Romance
May 25–Katie’s Clean Book Collection | Christy’s Cozy Corners
May 26–Mel’s Shelves | Simply Harvest Reads
May 27–Christian Bookaholic
May 28–Singing Librarian Books