Book Review “Trouble Blows West”

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Ginnie the impulsive, bubbly and cute little naughty girl is still getting into trouble in this second book of The Ginnie West Adventures.
In fact this time she manages to rope in her friends and her twin brother as well as her best friend Tilly. How does her family react; do they support her or do they guide her and help her friends?
She is testing the patience of everyone in her family and even her twin for once finds her attitude disagreeable. The school bully Pierce is gunning for Toran and she stands in the way trying to save her twin brother! Who needs no saving but how will the impulsive Ginnie understand. She manages to get the better of Pierce not once but twice.
This story raises a very important question about abuse and bullying. A lot of parents and children face such bullying and threats every day. It is an unfortunate reality that many of our children face both at home and at school. The author has tackled this issue with great finesse.  The adults and children have both discussed and tackled this issue with a lot of maturity. I was surprised by the presence of mind and forgiveness shown by the children.
I wish more children and adults had the wisdom and kind hearts like the West Kids. This story is a pleasant and fast paced read with a lot of twists and turns.  It kept me engaged and looking forward to how would the twins finally get out of trouble and what would happen to Pierce? The bully too needs a patient ear and someone to guide him, how it all comes together is simply effortless.
A book with a good message and great storyline talking about the pitfalls all of our children do face many times.
Read and find out if this is how you would want your child to come out of “Trouble”?
  Trouble Blows West

Title: Trouble Blows West (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 2) | Author:Monique Bucheger | Illustrator: Mikey Brooks | Publication Date: April 13, 2012 | Publisher: True West Publishing | Pages: 234 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 13

Book Summary: Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. Ginnie is certain that defending her twin brother from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do, but she soon finds out she couldn’t be more wrong.
Bullies don’t like being embarrassed by girls at school—especially when they are being abused at home. When Ginnie figures out Pierce’s awful secret, she switches gears and decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.

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About the Author: Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, sons-in-law, and adorable grandchildren, cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventures series, picture book, Popcorn, and plans to write plenty more.

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About the Illustrator: Mikey Brooks

Mikey Brooks is an author/illustrator that specializes in children’s art. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie and Bean’s Dragons. He is the illustrator of several picture books such as Popcorn by Monique Bucheger, Bongo Flo by Carolyn Quist, andLucius and the Christmas Star by Jim Long. He is the author of The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for AcropolisThe Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at:

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