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Spokes Paperback – February 24, 2017
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About the Author
Deanna Klingel's first profession was raising their seven children with husband Dave. Always a writer at heart, she didn't begin publishing her work until the last daughter left home. Living her retirement dream, she's written several historical fiction, biography, teen fiction, picture books and chapter books for Pre K through adult. She travels regularly with her books from her home in the mountains of western North Carolina where she lives with a golden retriever and her husband.
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"A Catholic girl and a Jewish boy training for a triathlon, search for clues to solve the mystery of a hit and run killer. Along the way they discover the importance of truth, friendship, and faith."
And to be honest it does live up to that. But it also deals with a lot of other issues. It deals with bullying, a bit of antisemitism, stretching your limits, trying new things, and most of all dealing with changes that life throws in your path. It does a good job of respecting both the Catholic tradition, and the Jewish faith. Seeing the friendship grow between the two main characters both dealing with loss in their lives and how they approach it different is one of the best written aspects of the book.
The friendship between Kelsey and Brendon is wonderful to watch develop. They investigation of a murderer add a deeper and little darker element to the story. The monks at the monastery in the country and their dogs are wonderful. And the rhythm of training for the trilithon provides some great secondary plot line elements. Another great side story is the work with the Special Olympics and how it is woven into the plot, and in surprising ways.
Overall this was a really good read. A great read for summer break or vacation. Just to sit back and read and see the mystery unfold. A good book that I look forward to rereading with my oldest when she is a few years older, and to be honest if I cannot wait to share a book with my kids or friends that is the best recommendation I can make. So why not take this story for a spin, and see where you link on the writings by Deanna K. Klingel.
Together, these two teens, take us on a wild ride through the hills of North Carolina. We come across some unsavory characters. But, we also come across some rather funny, and down-to-earth Franciscan Friars. These Friars add a comical, yet heartwarming dimension to this wonderful story.
As I raced through this book (a real page turner), I kept asking myself, “what’s around the corner?” – literally! There were so many twists and turns. Did they know what they were getting into? Could two teenagers do what the police could not? What would happen if they got caught by the bad guys? Could they outsmart the bad guys? One must read the book to ascertain the answers to these questions. This young adult novel will enthrall any teen. I highly recommend it.
Spokes is an interesting title for this book, oozing with familial love and friendship. It is an apropos title for the story, because the spokes of a bicycle wheel are what keeps the wheel together. In comparison, love and friendship keep relationships together. So, in this book, “spokes” is synonymous with love. What a great message to share with the teenager in your life!
Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.