Teens

BOOKS FOR TEENS
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Patti Shene

Hear No Evil by Mary Hamilton

Hear No Evil is the first in author Mary Hamilton’s Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Even though this book is targeted to teens, I as an adult thoroughly enjoyed it. The story took me back to my own days at summer camp. The memories of the scent of pine and the acrid smell of a campfire’s smoke lingered with me throughout the reading of the entire book.

Summer camp is supposed to be a fun experience, but young Brady finds himself dealing with the unexpected rejection by his mom when she tells him he will be living with his dad from now on. The author adds peer pressure, loneliness, and the consequences of bad choices to the plot to concoct an entertaining tale that teaches life lessons.

Brady’s musical talent is a facet of his personality that contributes to his character. The camp counselor serves as an excellent role model as he strives to exemplify Christian solutions to problems. The teens interact in a realistic manner and their emotions are well portrayed, from anger to isolation to the flutter of romantic feelings.

I would recommend Hear No Evil  to any young person who likes to read about realistic situations among teens played out in an outdoor setting.  

Learn more about Hear No Evil and Mary Hamilton here.

 

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Stopped Cold by Gail Palotta

Maggie was just a normal teen-ager who enjoyed her life and excelled in swimming competition, until her world was shattered by her brother’s overdose on steroids. Uncertain about his recovery and enraged at the dealers who sold him the drug, she and her friends embark on a campaign to bring those responsible to justice.

The plot moves along at a rapid pace as the young teens engage in amateur detective work to discover who is furnishing the drugs to students. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as they wove through the issues of drug use, family relationships, mystery, romance, peer pressure, and more.

The author presents a spiritual theme that is brought out through the actions of the characters in a realistic manner. The story shows teens how God views them and how they can process their world through their relationship with Him.

This book is targeted to teens and carries a strong message about the dangers of steroid use. Other themes include the consequences that occur when young people are forced to perform beyond their capabilities or even their own motivation to please the adults in their world.

I recommend Stopped Cold for young people who enjoy stories about teens who face their problems and deal with them in a realistic manner.

For further information about Stopped Cold and an interview with author Gail Palotta, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 7/7/2014 9:31:05 AM

Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for stopping by. I enjoyed both of these books and am trying to get the word out about them.

Lisa Lickel From Wisconsin At 7/7/2014 7:19:22 AM

Hi, Patti and friends, Nice author spotlight, thanks for sharing these great books. I know that Stopped Cold has a great message for both teens and parents and it should be encouraged reading for everyone regarding peer pressure and parenting responsibility and reaction.

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