by Robert Burch [j Burch]
we first meet Queenie Peavy, we learn that she's the only girl in
Cotton Junction who could chew and spit tobacco. That however isn't what
lands Queenie in the principal's office in the first chapter. Rather,
her action of throwing rocks at the boiler room door does. If you expect
Queenie to feel fear or remorse at being in trouble, she acts just the
opposite. She boasts of her deadly aim. And when Mr. Handley recites a
long list of misdemeanors, Queenie simply informs him that he's left out
a few. Until she's told that the judge wants to see her, nothing fazes
Queenie. Yet deep inside exists another side to Queenie, one that is
sorry that Queenie told the principal that she didn't care what happened
to her. The problem is that Queenie has said "I don't care" for so long
that now sometimes she actually believed it. We soon learn other harsh
realities about Queenie, such as that she doesn't seem to feel bad for
throwing rocks at kids who tease her or killing a squirrel for food.
Life might have continued like this for Queenie if not for two
incidents. One happens when she hurts a student in an act of revenge.
The other happens when she's accused of breaking the window in the
church bell tower. Both of these land her one step closer to jail or
towards following in her other's footsteps, which Queenie initially
thinks just might be fine by her. Except then her dad is released from
jail, allowing Queenie to see an unexpected side to her dad. Then
Queenie faces choices about who she will become. In Queenie Peavy,
Robert Burch has created a troublemaker whom we grow to love despite
Queenie's penchant for making bad choices. -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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