Everything changes for Bonny when her ‘uncles’ leave town. She has a new job, a new school, and a new dream: to play with the orchestra in the summer concert. But there are some who think she doesn’t belong – and not just the kids!
Bonny wants to be interesting instead of just weird. She wants her ‘uncles’ to stop babying her. Most of all, she wants to be independent.
Porkington and Swinson know how tough life can be. They’ve done their best to prepare Bonny for a dog-eat-dog world. They want her to be fierce.
When her ‘uncles’ leave for the summer, Bonny gets what she wants. Her job will be a cinch, and she’s sure to meet interesting people at City School for the Arts. Once there she makes a discovery, and finds a new dream. She’s determined to play xylophone in the summer concert!
But Bonny’s new job isn’t easy. Some kids in the orchestra think she doesn’t belong. And the assistant principal is on a mission to seek and destroy.
Will the obstacles prove to be too much? If Bonny has what it takes to reach her goal, will anyone be there to listen?
M.M. Rodeheaver’s ‘Bonny’s Debut’ is a truthful epistle for kids, and their parents. It is a good read for children of ages 12 and above.
Having trouble fitting in, each time change happens, Bonny realizes that the kids at school don’t think she belongs either. It could be because she is a little different.
Her story begins, well, it begins with her uncles, Porkington and Swinson. When they were younger, they both were given experimental treatments to turn them into humans – though they still looked like pigs. Through a tragedy, Porkington and Swinson ended up with a baby named Bonny.
Bonny wasn’t born like most humans were – she two received a dose of the same experimental serum.
And that is how the story starts. This might be a good place to point out that there are some vocabulary words that might be a stretch for a child under the age of 10 to understand, and at the same time, they might. I would recommend parents or teachers reading the book first. It is a great book, but before letting your child loose on it, check it out.
When her ‘uncles’ leave for the summer, Bonny sees change happening all around – a new school a new job, and now, she has decided she wants to play with the orchestra in a concert.
Bonny doesn’t want to be considered weird anymore.
Her ‘uncles’ are consistently being overprotective, and don’t give Bonny a chance to be who she wants to be. They have the best intentions.
Bonny gets to be a part of the City School for the Arts … it is there that she finds a new interest – playing the xylophone. The ritzy kids decide she is not good enough, and the assistant principal doesn’t think she fits in either.
And thus begins a journey into life that Bonny and her uncles knew would happen one day.
Will Bonny be able to hang in until the end?
In today’s time, a children’s book like this is needed. Kindness is better than being mean, and determination will get you anywhere – don’t ever give up.
Older children will enjoy the story, and parents and teachers might like it too. It would be a good book for a first book report.
Becky has had a 'serious love affair' with books since she was old enough to know what the word 'love' meant.
A former award-winning newspaper editor with a bachelor's degree in English/journalism and a master's in psychology, her goal is to help you get your book out there.