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Bad Choices: Faces Behind the Stones (Volume 2) Paperback – July 16, 2012
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Fran Lewis: Fran worked in the NYC Public Schools as the Reading and Writing Staff Developer for over 36 years. She has three masters degrees and a PD in Supervision and Administration. Currently, she is a member of Who's Who of America's Teachers and Who's Who of America's Executives from Cambridge. In addition, she is the author of three children's books and a fourth that has just been published on Alzheimer's disease in order to honor her mom and help create more awareness for a cure. The title of my new Alzheimer’s book is Memories are Precious: Alzheimer’s Journey; Ruth’s story She was the musical director for shows in her school and ran the school's newspaper. Fran writes reviews for authors upon request and for several other sites. You can read some of my reviews on Ezine.com and on ijustfinished.com under the name Gabina. I am a member of Whos Who of Americas Teachers and Whos Who of America’s Executives and Professionals on Cambridge. I review books for authors upon request. My goal is to get my books published by a traditional publisher and on the shelves of every school library, hospital and bookstore. I host two radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. Book Discussion with Fran Lewis is on Blog Talk every third Wednesday of the month from three to five eastern. My children’s author’s show is four times a year. I host online book blogs and book tours for authors and I review books for authors throughout the world. I have published six books the last Because We Care in memory of my sister Marcia. The proceeds going to find the cause and cure for Alzheimer’s. My websites are: www.gabina49.webs.com email@example.com www.allgenrereviews.blogspot.com
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Each character tells his or her own story. Often, the reader is left wondering—murder or suicide? All the people are forgotten, their graves ignored by the living, their graves overgrown. Why did these people have to die?
Sadly, none of the dead seemed to matter to the people they left behind. There is no one to grieve for them except a lone stranger who picks her way through the deserted cemetery.
Faces Behind the Stones is an incredible collection of stories, each more eerie and spine tingling than the last. Fran Lewis' style is chatty and easy to read. The reader feels drawn into the characters as if they really are the ones speaking.
I highly recommend this creepy compilation and look forward to the other books in the series.
Below is a short review of the first tale in the collection: "Murder Through the Eyes of a Dead Woman"
MJ, a beautiful and successful woman in her 60's, has a secret past that only she and a handful of people know about. She works for a doctor's office and often goes in early and stays late. One day, she thinks she's being followed. The feeling of being stalked doesn't go away, it worsens. She wonders who's following her and why. Has her past caught up with her? Or is something more insidious awaiting her?
Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes
If I had to compare this book to anything already out there, I would have to compare it to the play, Our Town. However, unlike OT the story doesn't go in depth into the mundane parts of the characters. Faces Behind Stones gets straight to the point and starts where most stories end. From beyond the grave teens share their stories with the living, stories that went unspoken until now.
I wasn't expecting something like this from Fran Lewis her stories are usually uplifting and witty, this however, was much more dark and tragic. Using fiction, I was pleasantly surprised at how she was able to tackle the issues that plague today's youth. With a sympathetic ear, Fran listens to her characters and gives them a stage to tell their stories. Also in the end of the book, there is an appendix that helps educators and parents understand what's going on in the teen world. This is a must buy for those working with or living with teens.
Carole McKee, Author
If you're a parent with a teenager who IS making poor choices ... consider reading this book together. Then let the healing begin.
Author and educator, Fran Lewis moves into the realm of the teen years and parenting, with this sequel to Faces Behind the Stones. Twelve stories, narrated in first person by the teens who now lie under the stones, speak to the Bad Choices each made with such things as alcohol, drugs, bullying, driving, wrong friendships, and crime. In their own words they describe the hideous manner of their deaths, but not the terrible aftermath and legacy for the parents, siblings and friends they left behind, for this is not in their realm to experience anymore. It speaks of the futility of young lives lost that might have been saved with the intervention of someone who cared enough. Bad Choices includes an appendix that offers parents, teachers and others in children's lives a way to save the lost ones whose futures will not end behind a stone in a lonely graveyard. Included is a frightening story of a centuries old vampire-like creature in the guise of a florist who teaches a lesson to those who live by the seven deadly sins, by using the most beautiful gift in the world, a bouquet of flowers and a very special scent. Readers will shiver at the ultimate lesson, much like The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde sent chills down my spine.
For teens and their caregivers, Bad Choices, Faces Behind the Stones, Book 2, is an eye-opening journey into the tumultuous life of young people trying to navigate the toughest years they may ever face. Five Golden Stars to Fran Lewis.
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Review by Karen Vaughan
Teenagers make bad choices some of these will teach a lesson and others will be fatal.Read more