Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger
Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong. She quickly learns that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Pierce likes being knocked down by one. When Pierce seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a payback prank at Pierce’s house. Sadly, Ginnie learns that Pierce has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll with one awful blow to the chest. Realizing he’s a boy in big trouble, Ginnie decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.
The second book in the series about Ginnie West, her twin brother, and their friend Tillie.
This book is all about bullying.
I appreciated the depth and detail the author gives to this issue.
It’s presented in a way that leaves no doubt about what is right or wrong.
Ginnie reacts to the bully, and suffers consequences.
I appreciated the fact that the bully wasn’t left in that position, but as the story progressed, his character grew and changed.
I think the depiction of these kids is just about right on. Their actions, thoughts, etc., all feel authentic and quite real. I especially like the strong family connections that are portayed. Ginnie has a really solid family, in spite of the fact that she still misses her mom.
Another well written, middle grade novel.
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