"Moose" is an entertaining story in the fun setting of a Christian camp in Montana. The characters are realistic and dimensional, and the conflict and plot are sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but always intense. "Moose" deals with themes of patience, hypocrisy, and learning to love the unlovable. Cody is Moose's only true friend, who has helped Moose to know Christ and has invited him to camp. Moose is from a dysfunctional home; plagued with bad habits and innocently rude and crude, he struggles to fit in with the other "church kids". Cody tries to be middle-man, helping Moose make sense of frustrating rules and people, and also helping judgmental people understand and be kinder to Moose. A fierce camp competition adds drama, as well as a string of practical jokes that spiral out of control, leading to Moose's possible expulsion. Natural Montana animal predators come into play also, adding another dimension of suspense. I think that readers ages 10-18, and adults of all ages would enjoy this story and be better people for having read it.
I was thankful for the opportunity to review Moose for free as my daughter and I always enjoy reading Deb Brammer's books. Altough it is written for young adults, I had a hard time putting it down once I started. Moose is an intriguing story of a teenage boy, Cody, that had seen God do a miracle in the life of the roughest, meanest guy in school--"Moose". After Moose is saved, Cody is excited to have him join him at Bible camp. The adventures Moose and Cody have together at camp are hilarious and suspenseful. This book is not only entertaining, but also helpful. We all need this encouraging reminder that God can use us to reach others and help change lives. Also, I appreciate the realistic approach as Cody learns to balance standing up for his rough, newly-saved friend and yet encouraging him to do the right thing. That sort of patience and perseverance are much needed in our time. I think all Christian teens will enjoy reading this book!
Moose is a fun reminder of days at Bible camp, but the author also has some thought-provoking things to say to those of us who have grown up in the Christian "bubble." We know we want to help others, but sometimes we sabotage our efforts by failing to understand the life of someone who hasn't had the same privileges we have. Since Cody, Moose, Wesley and Meadow all come from different backgrounds, there's some interesting discussions-- spiritism, conservation, and what it means to be a true friend. Having spent some time in Montana myself, I enjoyed all the allusions to Montana places and things.