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Newfangled (Desires & Decisions) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 20, 2016
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Kristin N. Spencer is an American expat living in a 68 square meter flat with her husband and three kids near the Aegean Sea. When she isn’t wifing, mothering, counseling, discipling, or writing, she enjoys photography, blogging, sewing cosplay costumes for her family, baking, and hanging out with other geeks. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. She writes whatever she wants, including Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Her favorite person is Jesus and her favorite X-men character is Jean Grey. She does not like clones, robots, or clowns.
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"What a wonderful young adult novel." -- A. Klick
Kristin N Spencer introduces us to 7th grader Olive Callis and her family. We first meet her on her first day of junior high at a new school and follow her on her journey as she encounters a great group of friends, bullying from others, and mixed feelings in regard to her thoughts, desires and decisions she has to make for herself and sometimes for others.
Many things will test her faith and her understanding of God and the Bible, while others will strengthen her faith and lead her to a deeper understanding of his message.
The author has written many fabulous characters and really has the junior high setting down pat. Her characters act and think age appropriately as are the issues they confront. She gets the wording, tone and reactions of children younger and older so they are realistic. Her characters are extremely relatable and honest and they are well defined. She utilizes varied family relationships and their dynamics to demonstrate how children, teens and adults utilize God and other things they have learned along the way and can be shared.
This is an extremely well written novel and the first in her Desires and Decisions series. It is very age appropriate (6th grade to adulthood). While some of these issues are personal to the author, most of them are fictional yet relatable and realistic.
Come and meet Olive and all her friends and family, the chaos that ensues in junior high, at home, and the multiple desires and decisions one 12 year old faces. You will enjoy this novel from beginning to end.
Genre: Religious; Christian Fiction; Young Adult
Newfangled is a fictional book set in Southern California during the fall/winter semester of 2015. Olive is a twelve year old girl that transfers to a public school after the private Christian school she goes to closes down. Facing a crowd of kids that already know each other, she struggles with choosing which crowd to hang with: with Tracey and Trish, who have befriend her but may not be the nicest, or with the Mashables, a small group of nerdy kids that seem to be nice. Struggling also with problems with her friends from church and her own growing questions about her faith, she braves 7th grade.
The close-knit family portrayed in Newfangled was really refreshing as they faced normal everyday problems together. Olive’s mom stood out vividly with effort to spend time with Olive despite her busy schedule as a photographer. Aunt Barb was great too
Overall, Newfangled was an enjoyable read with some great thoughts for Christian girl that are presented in a non-preachy way.
This book is really good for all tweens. It really expresses the struggles that at tween can go through as they head into junior high.
All the characters were really cool. I can’t really pick a favorite character because they all were great.
Kristin Spencer is a good author. I hope to read her next books some time! Just so you know, this is another book in this series. It is called Flummoxed.
The cover is really creative. I love the “camera” type theme. (Olive’s mom is a photograph.) I thought that was really cool. This cover definitely deserves 5 stars.
Now, I am going to give this book 4 stars. There were only a few minimal things that I didn’t like. But, even with those, this book is worth the read for tweens!
Newfangled is an ideal read for elementary through early high school students. We need more quality faith-based fiction like this for our youth!