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Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Day One Christian Ministries Inc
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.30 (inches)|
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donaldmurdoIsle of LewisAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5excellent holiday kids readingAugust 15, 2011donaldmurdoIsle of LewisAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4
Part of a DayOne Publications â€˜Faith Findersâ€™ series, and a companion title to â€˜The Mystery of the Deserted Houseâ€™, â€˜Never Give Up on your Dreamsâ€™ is a very involving and engaging read for early teenagers. The story itself is quite extraordinary and bravely handled and itâ€™s hard to feel anything but a great deal of warmth, empathy and love for such a well portrayed central character.
Gabrielle is a keen swimmer and after her natural talent is identified, she has extra swimming coaching and her diligence and natural competitiveness takes her close to the training squad for the Olympics. An accident puts these plans on hold as she struggles to get back on her feet and acknowledges she might be in a wheelchair for some time. Saying any more might spoil the story, but I can reveal that the title of the book is a strong hint that her Olympic hopes might not be completely dashed â€“ albeit in a way she had not considered before.
This is a story rich in detail and in understanding about school life, family life and living with a disability. Unlike some other teenage fiction, this is a book clear in language, precise in description and a book its target audience will love to read. While an unashamed Christian title, this is a pleasurable read for anyone looking for a good story they canâ€™t put down. While there are some parts of the story that settle for a simple narrative rather than perhaps the fuller explanation that more senior readers would expect, the tone and pace is exactly suited to younger readers.
Thereâ€™s wonderful action at various points throughout the story that readers will get caught up in and keep reading and at just over 100 pages would be a welcome rainy day read. In reviewing this title, I veered towards thinking it was aimed at girls particularly, but Iâ€™m not really sure that I would say that was solely the case. Highly commended as a back to school gift, for holiday reading and as an extra something for the young lady whoâ€™s a keen reader.
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