Monday, August 19, 2013

A Story of the 1950s

A fun Read for Boys


Pure Trash
Shawn and Willie live in the woods.  Their family doesn’t have indoor water or a flush toilet yet, but they do have a TV.  The boys plan a great day together.  Activities on the agenda are straight out of the nineteen fifties.

On the other hand, the ugliness of human nature displayed here could be from any era, as the judgmental neighbors and degrading torments that come from others could take place in present time as well as way back then.

Young adults and Middle grade children will find this book to be an enjoyable quick read. Most children and adults as well can identify with the emotion displayed here.  We have all felt the sting of degrading remarks targeted at us for no other reason than another wants to shower their meanness in order to satisfy their own judgmental spirit.

Find out how a wonderful day takes a few twists and turns, how others can destroy the joy in your life, but only if you allow them, and how those who have little can still rise above those who think they are superior.

Shawn and Willie are two delightful young boys who lift your spirits and let you know life is all in the way you look at it.

Written by Bette A. Stevens; this is a book near and dear to my heart.  I give it five ***** stars.

22 comments:

  1. It looks like the book has a theme that can app;y to kids of any time period.

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    1. Truly it does Jan. Unfortunately bullys move from one generation to the next. The story is also fun for kids. The author has brought out the essence of a poor family in the 1950s and how kids used to play back then. I did enjoy the book.

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  2. Hi Sue, This story goes back to the 1950's, back in time to deal with issues that we still struggle with today. I want to see the "lifting our spirits" part! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This book can lift your spirits because it shows you no matter how poor these kids are they look at their life as normal and they go out and have the best time and find a way to buy themselves some yummy treats. I loved the book. I guess because I remember those day, and of course because Bette is a wonderful writer..

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  3. Hi Susan,
    What a nice review! This book sounds wonderful. When you listed it and the author's name was Bette, I thought perhaps it was the same author of another (old) book that I read as a girl growing up. This book also was quite powerful, and it was called Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green. I think I read it at least twice.
    Best to you!

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    1. I never read "Summer of My German Soldier", but have heard the Title. Pure Trash is about two young boys who are very poor. They experience people who look down on them, but they have strong family ties, and that is always a saving grace when others are rejecting you. Thanks for stopping by Megan.

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  4. What an enticing book! It certainly is one that caught my attention, and I wish it well. Thanks to you both!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and wishes Nancy. I know Bette will greatly appreciate the support.

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  5. Dear Susan and friends,

    Thanks so much, Susan, for your outstanding review of PURE TRASH. Thanks to ALL for your encouraging comments.

    Happy reading and writing and all of those other things that you all to so well!

    Bette

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  6. Fascinating! I've added to my to purchase and read list!

    Best,
    Donna

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    1. Great Donna, thanks for your support, and time to comment.

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  7. Scratch that, just purchased and downloaded to my Kindle!

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    1. Cool, I hope you enjoy as much as I did. It took me back to the days of childhood play, and times when people thought they had the right to say whatever insulting thing they wished simply because they had life better. I suppose it still exists today, but back then some people were so politically incorrect and insensitive to young children. I did feel the emotion of this book. Plus I just loved penny candy.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Donna. Your support is much appreciated.

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  9. Susan,
    I was expecting this book to be set in the south. I was surprised that it wasn't. I wonder how that would change the story.

    Thanks for taking the time to review books. It benefits many! I'm sure you enjoy doing it too.

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    1. It reflects the 1950s in the south or north, it still had penny candy, the freedom of paying that children today do not enjoy due to safety issues. Back then kids just went out and played till their hearts were content and they were bone tired. Today we must know where our children are at all times. Back then you went out an played and mom got a rest. lol I related to this book even though I was not poor like that as a child. It still took me back. Thank you for stopping by and lending your support Linda.

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    2. As the author of PURE TRASH, I want to let everyone know that I was not poor, neglected or bullied. Teased a little, but everyone was back then... That's NOT THE SAME. Like you, Susan, my childhood was lots of fun and carefree. I felt loved. However, I've met many along life's journey, who are not or were not so fortunate and I've learned many lessons from listening to their stories. I hope that PURE TRASH will touch readers of all ages. My thanks to you and all of your friends and followers for joining the discussion. I'm enjoying it thoroughly! Bette

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  10. This book is very intriguing. The cover and title are awesome. Thanks for getting the word out.

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  11. Thanks Margo. I'm sure Bette appreciates your support.

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  12. Yes, Susan, THANKS for getting the word out! And thank you, Margo and all, for your comments.

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