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  • Title: Dog Bone Soup
  • Author: Bette A. Stevens
  • Print Length: 216
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2015
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Historical Fiction
  • From the Author:

    I love to walk and enjoy nature’s beauty, whether at home or on the go. I’m passionate about the beauty in the world around me and enjoy jotting down notes and composing short poems. The coast is one of my favorite places to relax. I’m a nature collector: everything from seashells to birds’ nests. When I was teaching, these treasures filled my classroom and provided inspiration for reading, writing, and research. It was hands-on fun and excitement and I enjoyed every moment spent learning with, from and about my students. One thing I learned is that many children don’t have an adult to read to them or listen to them read and talk about those books. Many of my blog and facebook posts will focus on how we can improve childhood literacy by reading to the children in our families and communities. My own childhood was filled with books and adults who shared and encouraged a love of reading. I’ve written some poetry and several short stories. I plan to write some adult fiction, including a coming of age story, and write reviews on some of my favorite books. I’ll be sharing some of your stories, poems and tips on reading and writing, too. Let’s have fun learning, living, sharing and loving language together.”

    My Review:

    Dog Bone Soup is the debut novel of Bette Stevens and a coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in poverty and in essence doing what needs to be done in order to survive. His father is the town drunk who tended to be abusive, both physically and verbally. As the story opens up, we see that our protagonist is heading for the army. As he prepares himself for a new life, he’s reflecting back on his years growing up.

    The prose was beautifully written…I felt I was living in the middle of the ‘50’s and ‘60s, watching as our main character, Shawn, grow up, fending off whatever bad things that came his way. He’s a dreamer, yearning to escape the life he’s been living for better things. He manages to do just that when he enlists in the US Army as a teen, with dreams of becoming a pilot. However, his escape does what I think many of us would do, which is reflect on the good times with his mother and siblings, in the midst of the bad with his father. It’s actually a bittersweet tale. Shawn’s story is a powerful one and you can’t do anything but praise him for the way he grows.

    The novel is easily written, fast-paced, and laced with lessons for any of us, particularly the baby boomers.

    I accepted this review based on the amount of five stars on Amazon and I was not at all disappointed. It was an excellent debut novel by Bette. If you haven’t already, get your copy now!

    Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars


    Inspired by nature and human nature, Bette A. Stevens is an author, retired teacher, 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, reading, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered 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 also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for 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: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England and prequel to DOG BONE SOUP, a debut novel released January 2015.