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Tormented by taunts that her father is in prison, thirteen-year-old Queenie retaliates by causing a lot of trouble until she discovers something important about her father and herself....

Title : Queenie Peavy
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ISBN : 9780440475057
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Queenie Peavy Reviews

  • East Bay J
    2019-04-12 21:33

    This is a great book for early adolescents, as it addresses issues of honesty, integrity and responsibility. It's also a good book for the young ladies because Queenie Peavy is badass and can hold her own against anyone. She's smart, tough, unbiased and unafraid to examine her faults, assume responsibility for her mistakes and work to right her wrongs.

  • Renee S
    2019-03-27 00:12

    Touching story of an improverished girl trying to find her way through a very tough time. I read this, only once, over 30 years ago and it has always stuck with me and is actually a very favorite of mine.

  • Tori
    2019-04-01 23:24

    I read this more than 25 years ago, but the unique & gritty story has stayed with me. When my boys are a bit older I'll recommend it to them.

  • Angie Fehl
    2019-03-20 18:31

    1930s Georgia. Thirteen year old tomboy Queenie Peavy is known around town for her major attitude and her affinity for chucking pebbles at things. She takes pride in having the best throwing arm (with the best aim) in town and can't understand why everyone is so hung up on her not being more ladylike. But Queenie isn't talking to anyone about what's really bothering her inside.With her father in jail and her mother forced to work extra long hours at the canning plant to make ends meet, Queenie can't help but feel that lately the whole world seems against her! When she goes to school, she gets teased for such things as only having salted pork on biscuits for lunch every day. To counteract the teasing about her visible poverty, Queenie tries to take up chewing tobacco to show how tough she is, but no one is all that impressed by it.Queenie's classmate Martha, nicknamed "Little Mother" for her insistence on always focusing on what is right and good, starts preaching to the other students about the importance of showing love and compassion for everyone. She points out that she wishes she could have 2 biscuits like Queenie every day, since Martha comes from a family of 8 siblings, so there's rarely enough food to go around for everyone in their house. A lesson Burch slips in there for his young readers --- compassion is important because no matter how bad off your life feels, someone out there ALWAYS has it worse. Classmate Cravey Mason seems to be the worst of Queenie's bullies. But even around him and his antics, Queenie chides herself for not being better at taking things in stride, letting things blow over. Instead, she often allows herself to be ruled by her hot temper. One thing to remember, her teacher points out, is that when it comes to bullies, "it's their sadness more than yours that's fueling their behavior." When Queenie's temper escalates an incident between her and Cravey too far, Queenie does her best to cool down and rectify matters, offering him an apology for her actions. But the damage is done and Cravey has the itch for revenge. What began as simple schoolyard rivalry soon snowballs to the point of Queenie facing possible criminal charges! Queenie professes her innocence time and again but that pesky troublemaker rep of hers precedes her. Now she'll have to rely on brains instead of brawn to get her side of the story properly heard!Not a half bad story here. It was first released back in the mid-1960s and the writing style does show some signs of staleness when compared to what's on the middle grade market now. The plot is not action packed, instead choosing to be driven more by Queenie's emotions and the choices she makes because of those emotions. Still, there are moments of school trip / school yard rough-housing that even kids today will likely still relate to. I think what DOES hold up here are the topics Burch addresses that will get readers thinking. Topics such as bullying, showing compassion for those less fortunate, hearing all sides of a story before you pass judgement, those sorts of conversations that definitely need to be started early on. I think young female readers especially will benefit from the story of Queenie, learning that a woman should come to know and embrace her inner strength and her specific skills and talents, but said woman should also be encouraged to learn how to use that strength and those skills to create environments of love and joy, not rage and pain. The overall feel of the story, from time period to plot points, reminded me a bit of Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell. Dovey Coe was written after this book of course, I only mention it to say if you read & liked Dovey Coe, you might likewise enjoy this story. The text, at least on the Dell paperback edition I read from, is periodically enhanced by lively pencil illustrations done by Jerry Lazare.

  • Michele
    2019-03-29 00:12

    I red this a long time ago as a children's librarian and remember liking it. A good book for discussion and still relevant today.

  • Mellanie C
    2019-04-12 00:16

    I registered a book at!

  • Laura Sperry
    2019-04-16 20:40

    The first real tomboy of my genre and the most memorable!

  • Alison
    2019-04-12 21:16

    Queenie Peavy doesn’t care about anything. At least that’s what she tells herself when her classmates make fun of her for being poor, or when children in town taunt her because her father is in the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Between chewing tobacco, throwing rocks, and even breaking one of her classmate’s legs, Queenie’s on the road to deep trouble herself. If only her father will come home, everything will be better, right?Queenie Peavy is an incredibly real novel about a girl on the cusp of growing up who has to decide for herself what kind of woman she wants to be. Does she want to use her father’s sins as an excuse to be lazy and destructive? Or does she want to live her own life, free from the shadow of crime and poverty?

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-04-06 23:33

    An unusual book that does a good job of letting the protagonist figure things out for herself. Slow at the start, but by the halfway point things are really happening, and it remains compelling to the end. It should be required reading for those who obsess over "microagressions" and "trigger warnings" because Queenie shows that you have the choice: either you let yourself be offended or you don't. Either way, you are in control. I fear that the general level of morality has declined quite a bit since this book was published. Some of the situations seem inconceivably resolved when viewed through today's eyes. Things would go a lot worse for Queenie nowadays.

  • Jeana
    2019-04-07 22:40

    I read this in elementary school, and Queenie's poverty made a huge impression on me ... it stuck so hard, a couple of years ago I had to go find this at the library and read it again.As an adult, what struck me was this story's moral of "self control." It isn't until Queenie (with the support of some helpful adults) learns to control her temper and not be at its mercy that she gains some measure of peace. Queenie's hero-worship of and subsequent abandonment by her father is heart-rending ... does anyone write stories that complex for kids anymore?

  • Van Reese
    2019-04-01 19:26

    This was a daily enjoyable book. I thought it come off a little bit preachy, but maybe that is just my rebellious streak coming out. I did find myself cheering for poor Queenie. I would give this 3.5 stars.

  • Carla
    2019-03-21 01:37

    Queenie Peavy is a 13 year old girl in Depression era Georgia. Her father is in prison and she struggles to hold on to self-respect while being taunted. At first, I was suspicious that this was another just another one of the modern books for juveniles where bad behavior is celebrated. However, the book explores the consequences of anti-social acts and attitudes and very deftly teaches how it is destructive to the individual. Very refreshing and well written.

  • Laura
    2019-04-20 20:18

    This is one of Robert's favorites from his childhood. Easy to see why. The following passage is spot on: "None of us ever knows when we'll be caught up in situations we'd rather have avoided, but one thing's certain: when we are we don't want anybody to laugh at us. It's then that we'll wish we'd been more understanding of others."

  • Kelly
    2019-04-20 23:40

    Started out great, tough girl protagonist, daddy in jail, has to run the tiny family farm practically single-handed, but nobody's going to miss with her because they'll get what's coming to 'em, and how. But then it gets super-preachy at the end, pretty much ruining it.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-21 20:11

    Queenie is a spunky heroine that has a lot in common with many of the "bad kids" in class--the story is a good one, although it may be a little moralistic at times--would make a good read aloud, a little old-fashioned

  • Randy
    2019-03-23 21:31

    This book is the first book that I remember my 7th grade teacher reading to us. I never forgot the book and I never forgot Mrs Webb.

  • Colby Eastmond
    2019-03-25 22:36

    I did not like this book!

  • Matthew
    2019-03-28 21:24

    A wonderful book from Robert Burch about growing up in the rural south and the toll crime can take on every family.

  • Savannah
    2019-04-15 20:14

    This book was so boring. Not to mention the big copyright discussion before we read it.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-29 22:35

    Another chronicle of a tomboy. Originally published in 1966, it would be interesting to go back and see how dated it is.

  • Kennedi Childs
    2019-04-02 18:34

    It was okay. Too emotional for a tough girl book, don't ask me what that means;)

  • colleen
    2019-03-22 02:38

    I was right this book is 4 1/2 stars, i really think it was weird the way the names were, but other wise i really loved it!

  • Stephanie A.
    2019-04-07 01:37

    Queenie is a tough-talking 8th grader who would probably knock the tar out of me if I didn't admit to really enjoying her scrapes and scraps!

  • Don Gubler
    2019-04-07 00:28

    Pretty good character study.