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Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens
About The Book
Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. An accident with a gun killed her best friend but everyone in the town of Blessing thinks it was murder. Even her father – the town’s drunken deputy – believes she did it. Now, she has no choice but to run. In Texas, murder is punishable by death.
There’s no one to help her. Her father is incapable and her mother left the state on the last flight to America before the secession. Blue doesn’t know where she is but she’s determined to track her down. First she has to get across the lawless Republic and over the wall that keeps everyone in.
On the road she meets Jet, a pregnant young woman of Latin American heritage. Jet is secretive about her past but she’s just as determined as Blue to get out of Texas before she’s caught and arrested. Together, the two form an unlikely kinship as they make their way past marauding motorcycle gangs, the ever watchful Texas Rangers, and armed strangers intent on abducting them – or worse. When Blue and Jet finally reach the wall, will they be able to cross the border, or will they be shot down in cold blood like the thousands who have gone before them?
Some things are worth dying for.
A difficult but powerful read that will keep you turning pages!
I want to say from the beginning that this is not an easy read, not really for the story but for the society it portrays, the one we live and we all should be ashamed to not want to have something better.
This is the story of Bluebonnet Andrews, a teenage girl who is trying to leave Texas to save her life, after an accident that killed her friend. Because in the Texas we are reading, everybody has a gun in their home, it’s a must. Also, a very religious place with a very strict control of movement between the states.
I think this is a very interesting book to make you think about the use of weapons and how dangerous they are. I’ll admit that I am totally against weapons, I don’t think they are for protection but to kill, so I would never want one at my house. But this is not the only thing this book puts on the spot but also society and corruption; racism and life per se. As we’ll discover Blue and all her family’s past, we’ll discover that she is brave and intelligent, but kind and hopeful. We’ll see her growing with this trip, but also, never forget that she is only a teenager.
I really enjoyed this read, it was easy to understand Blue and I wanted to hug her with a promise that things will get better, sooner or later.
Ready to accompany Blue on the “Blue Running”?
About The Author
Lori Ann Stephens is the award-winning author of novels for adults and children, including 2018’s Middle Grade novels NOVALEE AND THE SPIDER SECRET (Dragonfeather Books) and PIERRE FRANÇOIS: 5TH GRADE MISHAPS. SOME ACT OF VISION (ASD Press) was the 2013 YA novel winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, hosted by the Romance Writers of America, OK. She’s also the author of SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS (Blooming Tree Press, Nov 2010) and several short stories, poems, and opera libretti. When she’s not writing or teaching writing, she reads, takes on DIY home remodeling adventures, and eats the best gourmet, home-cooked meals. She is usually not the cook. She lives in Texas with her family.