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Quote From The Book: “We’d appreciate any help you can give Thomas and us. He’s our world and him hurting causes your brother, and I pain,” Emily said. “Don’t worry, Emily, with the family working together we can solve this situation and help Thomas.”
Thomas Gomel Learns About Bullying by Shirley McLain
Book Marketing Global Network 5 Star Review: Shirley McLain’s book Thomas Gomel Learns About Bullying hits home the tragic results of bullying.
As a grand-mother myself, I will say this is a book that parents and grand-parents should read first and then share with their children and grand-children from ages 7-13.
Shirley has put a lot of thought into this book with reference material at the end for parents and grand-parents.
It is important that kids learn what bullying is and to speak out early to the grownups around them, when they are being bullied. I always quote an excerpt from each book I review. I quote from “Family Meeting Chapter 9: The evening passed fast for Thomas. Before he knew it, supper was over, and everyone went into the living room. The three adults sat in various chairs around the room. The couch was left vacant, so Thomas could sit there. “Son, your mom told me you needed to have a family meeting tonight, including Mike. Can you tell me why we’re talking?” Thomas felt as if he’d be sick. He looked at Mike who smiled and gave him a thumbs-up and said “You can do it! Just take a deep breath and start.” Thomas took a deep breath but couldn’t lift his head to look at his parents. “Mom, Dad, I didn’t tell you I’ve had problems at school for the past couple of years.” “Problems for two years and you said nothing, and I couldn’t tell anything was wrong?” Emily couldn’t wrap her brain around what she heard. “Son, what problems?” “There is this boy at school who goes by the name Crusher. He’s been bullying a bunch of other kids and me.”
The reference material with website links in the back of the book will help parents, grand-parents, and teachers.
The illustrations are wonderful, so credit goes to Cristina Bello (Firefly Art).
I endorse this book as an educational tool to help children and adults understand what bullying is and the impact it has on our children. You can buy this book on Amazon. Review by Book Marketing Global Network.
Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain
Here is a Treat for HISTORICAL FICTION fans as well as those who are fascinated by late 19th century and early 20th century historical events in both Texas and OKLAHOMA. This Historical novel is loosely based on a true life story of a brave Oklahoman from the mid 1880’s to 1955. This dramatic story also showcases the strugles and intermarriage of an American cowboy and an American Indian.
Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie’s strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.
From the Author: I remember meeting my Great Grandfather, Charlie, as a child and grew up hearing the stories of his life. He had the strength and courage to do what needed to be done during the hard times. You never heard a bad word said about he or Mila. Dobyns Chronicles was a labor of love. I wrote this book as a tribute to my mother’s family. For the strength and courage that was demonstrated. The love given and passed down through the generations of the family, and the Oklahoma land they shared helped hold the family together. Shirley McLain
Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network 5 Star Review: ‘Dobyns Chronicles’ starts out with a picture of an Indian Territory Map which I especially enjoyed looking at. This story gives the reader a true taste of what life was like in the 1890’s. The setting is in Chickasaw Territory, North East Texas and in Eastern Oklahoma.
Turning the page from this map to chapter one, line one, the reader is struck with “OLD AGE IS hell, but it’s something all of us have to go through” and shortly thereafter another line that reads “You never know what road life will lead you down. Pa told me when I was a little boy, “You just have to take a deep seat and hang on for the ride.” He sure told the truth.”
Vivid story telling with beautiful old lines like “the heavens opened up and let loose with one of those toad soakers” draws the reader into the time period. Truer than life characters that pull at the reader’s heart strings as their lives show the harshness and simplicity of times gone by. Shirley McLain’s characters like Charley have a strong sense of family, friends, community and faith which carries him from youth to being the matriarch of a large family leaving behind an incredible legacy.
Life in the 1890’s is based on survival off the land and animals like the pigs that provided food such as “crackling corn bread out of the fried cracklings”. This story will remind the reader what travel was like in horse draw wagons that took days to complete 85 miles. Days gone by with the children had three sets of clothes, work/pay clothes, school/street clothes and our Sunday best. Old time remedies like mudpacks to keep the mosquitoes off and the use of Indian herbal medicine. A time when death was only an arm’s length away due the circumstances of the times. A story of a young boy who is forced to become a man, a time when wages were $20.00 a month and a time where horses, buggies, trains, trolleys and carpetbags were of importance. Your will read great conversations, family letters and experience home, heart, love and a home birth produced a son that makes one man’s world complete.
Story telling is an art form and Shirley McLain is an artist. If you have any sense of history and/or had grandparents or someone older tell you stories than this book will make your heart skip a beat and your mind to go in places where it hasn’t been in while. This amazing family chronicle brought back memories for me growing up with an older generation that kept me spell bound by their stories. I have often thought as a society we have lost the art of storytelling. Shirley McLain has brought encouragement back to my soul. She did her historical research and has family stories of her own no doubt cleverly woven into this story.
I endorse Dobyns Chronicles: A Boy Becomes A Man by Shirley McLain as an inspiring historical fiction that will send chills up and down your spine, keep you glued to the pages and remind you of an era gone by that must not be forgotten. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network.
Paperback: 260 Pages
Publisher: Xlibris (May 23, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Princess Adele’s Dragon by Shirley McLain
With the possibility of death before her, Princess Adele sets out to slay the dragon to save her Kingdom. What she discovers in her quest changes her and the King’s life forever. We follow the lives of the Royalty of Valdoria as their world is threatened. In this medieval story, there are good guys, bad guys, white and black magic as well as goats and dragons. Read this story of love, hate, danger, and evil. You will turn the page so you can find out what happens next in this gothic adventure.
Print Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Shirley’s Books; First edition (March 21, 2016)
Genre: Occult Horror, Sword, Sorcery Fantasy
Shirley’s Book of Horror by Shirley McLain
This is five psychological horror short stories just in time for Halloween. They are Webs, Holesome House, Cats (True story), The Fog, Eck, Bill and Lack-Lack.
Print Length: 40 Pages
Publisher: Shirley’s Books; one edition (October 15, 2014)
Genre: Horror Short Stories
Shirley’s Shorts and Flashes by Shirley McLain
A book of short stories with genres from romance to the supernatural. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
Print Length: 193 Pages
Publisher: Shirley McLain; First edition (November 20, 2012)
Genre: Short Stories
Verses For My King by Shirley McLain
Words to ponder. A small but powerful book of Christian Poetry with Illustrations.
Print Length: 46 Pages
Publisher: Shirley McLain@ Shirley’s Books; Second edition (November 21, 2012)
Genre: Christian Poetry, Religious, Inspirational Poetry
About The Author: Shirley McLain is a retired RN, wife, mother, and grandmother of six, currently living in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest. She was born in California but lived her growing years in Oklahoma. She has done extensive travel within the United States and learned to appreciate each state for its own beauty. Her dream trip is to see Spain and Italy at a slow pace.
Shirley has published a young adult mystery called “The Tower”, a book of short stories called, “Shirley’s Short’s and Flashes and a Christian poetry book called, “Verses For My King.” She has published her historical fiction, “Dobyns Chronicles.” She completed a young adult fantasy called Princess Adele’s Dragon. Presently she is working on an Educational -fiction book called Thomas Gomel Learns About Bullying. It is for ages 10 to Adult to help them deal with bullying in school.
Shirley’s love of travel, adventure and writing have created works that will hold your attention, and leave you wanting more.
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