GABE'S GUARDIAN ANGEL
by Beverly Stowe McClure
Dancing Lemur Press
ages 9 to 12
Gabe never asked for an angel...
Gabe Montana's clumsy. He's overweight, and he's dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable--so miserable he wants to die.
Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea, and comes up with a different plan. He'll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn't just help with the bullies. What's with this self-confidence stuff?
Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel's advice?
Warmth, a bit of humor, and tons of heart follow a boy as he tries to embrace himself and figure out where he belongs.
Gabe doesn't have anything going for him. He's over-weight, clumsy, and has trouble reading. The kids at school torment him daily...to the point that he always is on look-out and goes extra lengths to avoid being seen. But one day, a miracle happens. Gabe meets his guardian angel, who has an answer to help him. It's not one that Gabe really believes will work, though.
This is a book, which connects with all of those who've been bullied or simply don't feel right in their own skin. Which is basically every high school student at one time or another. Gabe might not like himself, but he's still kind and does his best. He's simply lost. His hesitation to accept the angel's advice rings familiar as well as the troubles he comes up against. The family support of his grandfather is inspiring as is the lovely relationship with his sister.
It's a book written with heart that is sure to inspire those who need it.
And here she is...
Most of the time, you'll find Beverly at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. To relax, she enjoys playing the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories. Beverly's a member of the SCBWI. She has fourteen books published for children and teens. Several have won awards. She's writing more.