Tween Tuesdays (14) Shelter From the Wind by Marion Dane Bauer

Tuesday September 14, 2010

Tween Tuesdays is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!

Shelter From the Wind
by Marion Dane Bauer
Available now
Marshall Cavendish
From the publisher: It used to be just Stacy and her dad, ever since Stacy’s mother left them five years ago. But Stacy’s stepmother, Barbara, seems to have taken over their world—and now she’s pregnant, too. One hot June morning Stacy runs away, not sure where she’s going or what she’s looking for—her mother, maybe? She heads across the Oklahoma panhandle where she has always lived, without supplies, without a plan.

After a scary night alone on the prairie, a pair of white German shepherd dogs finds her. They lead her to their mistress, Old Ella, a woman who lives alone in a small secluded cabin. It is here that Stacy confronts the true source of her anger and learns what it really means to be a woman, a daughter, a friend. 

First published in 1976, Shelter from the Wind is a heart-rending story of a girl’s coming of age set against the backdrop of the harsh Oklahoma panhandle.

Review: At just over 100 pages, I sat down and read this gritty, heartwarming coming-of-age story in one sitting. I instantly connected with Stacy and couldn't put this book down until she finished her journey.  

Stacy is a headstrong, tomboy who wants nothing to do with her step-mom Barbara's pregnancy and girly ways. Its been just her and her father for the last five years since her mom left and she is not happy at all with the arrival of Barbara and the pregnancy was just about the last straw. After an argument at home, Stacy spontaneously and without forethought heads out into the Oklahoma plains. 

Along her journey Stacy thinks a lot about her mother, and maybe why she left and that maybe that's what Stacy should do, head out and find her mom. Soon her thoughts stray to other things food, water and shelter. She didn't really plan very well for this little adventure. Her saving Grace ends up being a couple of dogs who lead her to a little house out in the middle of nowhere where she meets Old Ella, a strong, gruff old woman who has many stories to tell. 

Stacy spends some time with Old Ella and her experiences there lead her to the real source of all her anger and with the help of some new friends she learns the meaning of friendship, growing up, becoming a woman and being a daughter. 

I highly recommend this book!


Alison said...

Sounds interesting. It doesn't jump out as a Tween book to me - sounds more YA. How old is the character?
Alison Can Read

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Sounds good! Thanks for sharing-I hadn't heard of it before.

Library Lounge Lizard said...

Hi Alison,

Yes the topic isn't quite as "light" as most tween books but the character is about 12 years-old and it definitely reads as a tween book!
Thanks for commenting :)