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Seekers of the Lost Boy Paperback – May 3, 2013
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Taryn Hayes lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband, Craig and their four children. Once a high school history and English teacher, Taryn now enjoys homeschooling her own kids. These days Taryn also writes stories for teens and pre-teens. Stories that contain adventures and intrigue. Stories that ask Big Questions. Stories that grow hearts. Find out more about Taryn's future books at http://tarynhayes.com
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Taryn Hayes begins with a message in a bottle and through skillful storytelling delves into the tragedy of apartheid and one boy's journey from despair to faith. Along the way, we meet a homeschooling family and experience with them the discovery of not only the one who sent the message, but the One who invites us to discover Him.
The story is full of great characters and dialogue that rings true in any family setting, whether in South Africa or middle America. And for extra credit--the ending had a few twists and turns I didn't expect! Seekers of the Lost Boy left me story-satisfied and hoping for more from Taryn in the future.
Taryn sets up the characters well in the first few chapters, but it's only when the Ward family track down Joseph that her wonderful story-telling ability really starts to shine. I found myself compelled to read on, despite the lateness of the hour, getting quite choked up at times. I think she pitches it very well at her intended age-group (I already have a pile ready to give to my God-children, nephews, nieces and other friends' children!), but the book also has the potential to impact a lot of parents with the gospel, if they read the story along with their kids.
My only (very small) criticism would be the omission of a Ward family outing to a World Cup soccer match - painted faces, vuvuzelas, fan-walk and all - given the timing of the story in the winter of 2010! But this may well have distracted from the building tension of the unfolding narrative, so I won't deduct any stars for this! Fantastic work, Taryn!
Eventually,Simon answered"who knows?But it looks like his question is our question now too" Page49
With chapter titles such as: A family secret, They took Pa, A Drawing in the sand, DJG and the lost letter, the reader is enticed to keep reading to the end.
I urge parents therefore not to just buy the book for your kids to read, but to read it yourself too, or even better still read it together with them and enjoy every word
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I think this question is probably one many people have asked through the years, and Taryn Hayes, uses her characters to answer this age...Read more