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Scenarios 4: Making Waves (Scenarios for Girls) Paperback – April 1, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Scenarios Series

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Editorial Reviews


"It's evident that Nicole is a rare author. She has a tender heart for teenage girls and has poured that care into her stories. May her tribe increase! And may her books lead many readers to make wise choices."
--Robin Jones Gunn best-selling author of the Christy Miller Series and the
Katie Weldon Series

MAKING WAVES is a solid story with interesting teens that shows the consequences of choices—good or bad. This book is not only a good read for teens, but would also make a foundation for a discussion in a Sunday School Class, Youth Group or between parents and teens. Faith element: medium. Recommended.

(Carolyn R. Scheidies Author's Choice Reviews 2010-03-31)

Book Description

Kate Walker joins the swim team and becomes obsessed—with practice and making it through the championships with flying colors. What will Kate do when she’s faced with pressure from her teammates to take an illegal substance that will help her swim multiple events in their championship meet? Girls ages 10 to 15 make the choice in this interactive story and see how the consequences change Kate’s life. Includes a contract and prayer to remind the reader of the importance of making godly decisions.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Scenarios for Girls (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.; Ina edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602608458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602608450
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,543,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicole O'Dell, author of 24 books since 2007, founder of Choose NOW Ministries, host of Choose NOW Radio, and publisher at Choose NOW Publishing, is dedicated to guiding parents and teens to victorious relationships and good choices. A national event speaker and founder of the Choose NOW Speaker team, member of the Speak-Up Speaker Team with Carol Kent and The Life of a Single Mom Speaker's Bureau, Nicole is available for your upcoming events.

The mother of six, including triplets(!), writes issue-driven YA fiction, like her popular Diamond Estates Series and upcoming Drama Ensues series, and non-fiction for teens like Girl Talk, based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. Hot Buttons, O'Dell's Focus-on-the-Family approved non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by helping parents tackle tough issues. The Powerline365 daily devotional is her latest passion for parents of teens.

For more information on Nicole O'Dell or her books, or to schedule Nicole for a speaking event or interview, visit http://www.nicoleodell.com.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
This book was another major improvement in the series that targets an older audience. And it's a move I really appreciated. Kate is a regular teen girl who's looking to find something to fill her spare time and that thing happens to be swimming. She's a natural at it and even at her best is better than the top swimmers already on the team. However in this day and age of competitive pressure, your natural best is not good enough.

How Kate gets sucked into a downward spiral happened naturally. For the record, I don't drink energy drinks but that's purely because I can't stand the taste. I'll drink lots of coffee but I pass on the Red Bull. I liked how it was shown that while it's probably not smart or healthy for Kate or the other teens to drink the energy drinks constantly, they are not really condemned for drinking them. I say this because drinking the energy drinks are not illegal, anyone can get that and they were used for what they were intended for. However, it is good to show that drinking too much of them can be dangerous and it is not healthy to skip meals just to get the best jolt of energy buzz. I also liked how Kate points out to her mom that drinking coffee is just the same as drinking energy drinks and her mother reluctantly agrees.

Again the choice that Kate (and the reader) has to make to determine the outcome is realistic. First, I was actually really pleased/surprised that Kate knew what was being offered to her. I say this because I get so tired of people being clueless when offered things like that. I luckily never had to go through what Kate did but O'Dell makes it easy to see why Kate would be tempted with that decision. We place a lot of pressure on student athletes to do well even more so with scholarship hopes on their shoulders.
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Making Waves is a fabulous book that will not only entertain YA readers, but also get young girls to think about their choices. I loved how the faith element was so natural to this main character and her mother. Lots of things to relate to in these pages, and it shows that often the big mistakes started with small ones first. Wrong decisions happen to us all, but the reader gets to live through the consequences of choosing both right and wrong in O'Dell's great series. Highly recommended--especially for tweens.
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Another great Scenarios series book! Biblically sound recommendations for very tough situations. Parents - you need to read this, too! If you haven't already, be sure to read all of the Scenarios books! They deal with very real life issues that are happening the our children or their friends every day.
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n the book, Making Waves, Sophomore Katie finds herself lonely and with a lot of extra time on her hands when her best friend moves away. With her sister gone from the house and her mom working long hours, Katie decides she needs a hobby. When she joins the swim teams, she encounters pressures and expectations she didn't anticipate.

A natural swimmer, Katie has always viewed swimming as something she did "just for fun". Now with both the coach and the other team mates impressed with her talents, the pressure is on to meet expectations and beyond. When early morning practices and schoolwork begin to take their toll, the other swimmers let Katie in on a few secrets -- namely Red Dragon and coffee. When this "pick-me-ups" start losing their effectiveness, Katie wonders how far she'll have to go to keep her edge.

Meanwhile, Katie is also dealing with drifting apart from her best friend (who recently moved), her family (conflicting schedules) and a possible boyfriend? As in all of Nicole O'Dell Scenarios books, you, as the reader, help Katie decide what to do when she's faced with a big decision.

My personal take? Another hit from Nicole O'Dell. This book deals with some real-life issues in a way that's easy to relate to and easy to learn from. I like the way boy-girl relationships were handled in this book much better than in previous Scenario books, though the faith element seemed to be a bit disjointed and not really integrated into Katie's life. As always, some great talking points for parents and preteens and a big recommendation from me.

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Review by Jill Williamson

An avid lake swimmer, sophomore Kate Walker tries out for the swimming team. Not only does she make the team, she makes varsity and becomes the best swimmer on the team. Her coach talks with her about the future and the possibilities of college scholarships. Kate is excited, but her new schedule has her so busy, it's hard to keep up. Some of the other girls on the team share their secret with Kate: coffee and energy drinks. Kate knows that her coach probably wouldn't like them drinking so much caffeine, but it's legal, so it's okay, right? But as the season progresses to the state championship and the opportunity to set a new record and impress a college scout, Kate is beyond stresses out. When her teammates offer her a way to get through the day that Kate knows is illegal, what will she do?

You decide.

This is another Choose Your Own Scenario book, where you read all about Kate's life and then choose what she will do next. Then the book has two alternate endings, one for each choice Kate could make.

I love this series! Whether Kate chose to break the law or stay true to her convictions, she was able to push through the consequences and find redemption. The enormity of the choice she faced played out in both endings and showed how much power one right or wrong choice can make in a person's life.

I highly recommend this series to all girls. These are fun stores with relatable characters that give the reader a chance to see two sides of one choice.
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