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Thank goodness for Mark. He always seems to be around with a shoulder to cry on. Then again, he's also always leaning in for a kiss. Could she really have a future with him? And what does the future hold anyway? College seems likely until a whirlwind trip to LA opens the door to a whole new world of opportunity in the music industry. Nothing is easy or simple in Beka's world. But one thing's for sure. As she tries to pick out melodies--on her guitar and her life--she also wants to keep her ears open to what God has to say.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Becoming Beka
Diane H. Pitts5 Stars Out Of 5March 20, 2006Diane H. PittsThe mailman brought my copy of The Encore, and I couldnt wait to dive in! What happens in the fifth and final episode of Becoming Beka? Eighteen year old Beka is torn between two loves; someone targets her for revenge; family dynamics heat up; and an unexpected twist catches Beka and the reader by surprise. Author Sarah Sumpolec doesnt tie up Bekas life in a neat package, but a strong message of God's hope lingers. Beka can't wait to see God's plan unfold, and I can't either. I hope thats why the author kept the door cracked for future possibilties. Maybe we wont have to say goodbye after all!
Shannon Primicerio5 Stars Out Of 5March 11, 2006Shannon PrimicerioI read all of The Encore in one day. I just couldn't put it down! This is the first book I have read in the Becoming Beka series, and it made me want to go back and read all of the rest. The Encore is both encouraging and entertaining. It is a must read for any girl who is fighting her way through all of the drama of high school life.
Eileen Zygarlicke5 Stars Out Of 5March 9, 2006Eileen ZygarlickeThe Encore is just that, a great ending to a superbly written series for teen girls. As a teacher and aunt, I've recommended and purchased this series for many teens struggling with the same issues Beka faces. Sumpolec does a terrific job with character development, allowing the reader to feel the pain Beka experiences. In The Encore, Beka knows in her heart she needs to decide about her relationships with two boys. The only downfall of this book would be that Sumpolec may have drawn out this decision and Beka's relationship with one of the boys a bit too long. However, the character development, tone, and pacing carry the reader for the most part.The problems Beka faces in this book are "real life" for Christian teens who desire to "fit in" to the world around them. Without being preachy, Sumpolec expresses her message of trusting God in terms teens will relate to.It was a fun ride to be part of Beka's life throughout this series. I look forward to seeing what Sumpolec writes next, knowing with confidence it will be something well written.
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Located in: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Submitted: December 31, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm from all over since my family moved around a lot when I was a kid - this would explain part of why I've stayed in the same town since my college graduation. I have a fantastic husband and three wonderful daughters. I do a majority of my writing during nap-time - it's about the only time a mom gets! But I must admit that sometimes I do waste too much time with a couple of guilty pleasures - blogging and e-mail. I love to read, watch television (Lost is amazing) and hang out with my family (though that usually means playing Uno or Chutes and Ladders).
What was your motivation behind this project? Hmmm - to be honest my motivation was always to share Beka's story. I didn't know at the beginning what would happen in the end, because I learned the story as I wrote it. That is the fun part of writing. I did want to write for teens because I care deeply about them and their truggles. For some reason, many adults forget that different things are important when you're 16 or 17. I wanted to write a story that teens could relate to.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The Encore will be the final installment of the Becoming Beka series. I think readers will enjoy finding out what happens to Beka and getting a glimpse of what is to come in her future. She has to make a lot of decisions during her senior year and I believe readers will be able to relate to many of her struggles.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There would be so many answers to this question! Like most writers, I'm an avid reader. I love suspense authors like Dee Henderson and Brandilyn Collins. I've become immersed in historicals from BJ Hoff. I've laughed with authors like Tracey Bateman. I am always able to find something the author does well and try to learn from them. But I must admit, it is my own little family that inspires me the most because they love me no matter what I do.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm at work on a number of different projects, as well as working on a couple of screenplays so I'm looking forward to what might come in the next year. Thanks for reading!! Blessings to you all, Sarah Find me at www.becomingbeka.com.