Have you heard about the Brady Boe series? People often ask, “What kind of series is it?” After a quick summary, I never feel like I have communicated enough about what the book series represents. With this blog, I want to give a full explanation about the Brady Boe series.
At its heart, the Brady Boe series is about character. Brady Boe is a nine years old girl at the beginning of the series. She is shy by nature and slightly awkward in her presentation to the world around her. For the most part, she is a typical girl like anybody else her age, beset with her own set of quirks. Changes for Brady Boe take place after she and her family move South.
Shortly after the big move, Brady Boe finds out that she is adopted. She is an empty vessel of emotions. She feels deserted, thrown away, and not good enough. These feelings precipitate flaws in her character. The revelation of her adoption becomes a justification for her feelings of awkwardness. She uses the situation to explain the differences between her and Sasha, her younger sister. Sasha is very outspoken and outgoing, whereas Brady Boe is reserved and overly shy.
As Brady Boe lives through the different events throughout the series, her quest is to build character in spite of her situation. Brady Boe has adopted some character traits that hinder her from becoming the person she really wants to be. Now, that she knows she’s adopted, she is drawn to her birth mother. This continues to be a disappointing case for her. In her mind, her birth mother represents a connection with her identity. She struggles with being given up, and feels her current family adopted her out of pity. Brady Boe feels she can’t really know who she is until she sees her birth mom face-to-face.
The fantasy is that her birth mother will be happy to see her, and say it was all a mistake. Brady Boe expect her to say that she really didn’t mean to give her away. This is a signature fantasy for many kids who experience the loss of a parent in some way. The hope endures that the lost parent will come and reclaim the child. Petunia and Mike, Brady Boe’s adopted parents, want to help Brady Boe resolve her inner conflict. They even attempt to accommodate her by arranging a visit with her birth mom. They soon find out that their good intentions are not helpful for Brady Boe or for them.
The character that Brady Boe will eventually transform into will be one of confidence, courage, and honesty—knowing her self-worth.
Brady Boe began the series with a lack of confidence in herself. She demonstrates this by her hesitation to engage with others. Her shyness helps to camouflage this lack to a certain degree, but it can’t explain her feelings of inadequacy. Throughout the course of the series, Brady Boe builds her confidence with the help of key people in her life. Brady Boe realizes and learns who she is at her core. She adopts a belief in herself, which allows her to overcome her disappoints about status, her lot, and her losses.
In the beginning of the series, Brady Boe stood in the shadows. She couldn’t find her voice to express how something made her feel. She withdrew in matters that requested expression of her different opinion. Somehow Brady Boe thought being adopted meant not being worthy to speak or be heard. Eventually, she had to unlearn this cowardly behavior and build her own voice. In each book, Sasha gives Brady Boe an example of speaking out. Brady Boe often says Sasha is too dramatic. But secretly, Brady Boe wants to emulate Sasha’s boldness. When Brady Boe learns to step out from behind the shadows, you will celebrate with her. When she speaks out, you will want to applaud her.
Brady Boe had given so many of her feelings and emotions the label of “bad” or “negative.” It made her not deal with them honestly. Not understanding honesty, she could not experience the growth she so desperately needed. In her mind, she wanted to see her birth mom, but felt it meant she wanted to leave her loving adoptive family. She felt that showing her emotions meant that she was not strong. She thought expression may place her in awkward positions where others would make fun of her. Brady Boe’s path to being true to herself will draw you in. You will see and feel her emotions. You will relish in her triumph when she finally expresses who she truly is.
When all of the positive character traits are adopted by Brady Boe, she experiences self-worth. Her position expands from that of one being in the way, to one of purpose and truly belonging. My goal in writing this series is to give the young reader a sense of their worthiness. Sometimes life has disappointments that threaten to get you off balance. You may have lost something. Yet, you can still have confidence, courage, honesty, and worth.
If you are looking for fiction books that entertain with adventure and good wholesome drama, look no further. Lemonade and Wild Honey are the first two books in the Brady Boe series. They are available now online through various outlets in print and digital forms. I have recently finished the third book in the series: S’mores. It will be available March 2016. Register and follow the updates on taunyasbnb.com for the latest on this series and other works by Taunya S. Wright. Remember to #ReadTSW.