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Life on Hold
Beverly Stowe McClure
A paper found. A secret revealed. A girl's life changed forever.

Myra Gibson's life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the summerhouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra finally stands up for herself and begins a journey she may regret.











" ...an awesome story about adoption, a story that is so needed for children of any age. This book is great even for someone who is not adopted because it helps one understand the feeling of the adopted person. ...a book well worth your time and money." Reviewed by Joy H for Readers Favorite.

Silver winner - Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards, 2013

Seal of Approval - Children’s Literary Classics, 2013

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I threw a look at the front door. No sign of Mom. Good. I had time. Sliding a finger inside the envelope, I pulled out a slip of paper. I wished I’d let well enough alone, for instead of seeing a marriage license like I had expected, the words Certificate of Adoption stared at me.

“What? Adoption? I don’t know anyone who’s adopted.”

Thinking there was some mistake, I skimmed the first line: Name of Child Before Adoption, Myra Jean Ryder. I swallowed, hard. “I’m Myra Jean Gibson, not Ryder,” I said under my breath. “Ryder is my mother’s maiden name. I don’t get it.”

My fingers trembled, as I read on: Natural Mother, Lydia Ryder. My mother.

A pain started in my chest. I was afraid to continue but couldn’t stop myself. My eyes drifted down to Natural Father, Keith Wagner. Sweat trickled into the hollow of my neck. “Keith Wagner? I never heard of him.”

The nex line, Name of Adoptive Father, Neil Gibson, blew me away. My skin turned from heat to ice. It was a lie. A lie. My mother would have told me. My father would have told me. Wouldn’t they?

Then footsteps sounded outside. My heart thumping, I slipped the paper into the envelope, stashed it under the dresses, and shoved the box back on the shelf. I closed the closet door as my mother returned with one glass of iced tea.

Fiction, YA Contemporary Length: 174 Pages

Release Date: June 19, 2013 ISBN/ASIN: B00DI9D2EQ

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About the Author

Beverly Stowe McClure is a former teacher turned writer. When she was a kid, writing was the last thing on her mind. She loved music and played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. She also was a majorette. She still plays the piano to relax. Thanks, Mom, for encouraging me to practice. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.
She lives in the country with Patches and Tiger (the cats), along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. Next to her sons, grandchildren, and great-grands, writing is her passion and joy. She also likes to research her family roots and snap pictures of clouds, flowers, and birds, especially the roadrunner that visits on occasion and the hummingbirds that she feeds.

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