- File Size: 807 KB
- Print Length: 127 pages
- Publisher: Prism Lux (May 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07R7RHF5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I also enjoy sports. I swim laps, and my daughter was a U.S. swimmer. As a team mom I performed nearly every duty one can have at a meet from timer to coordinator. We met lots of great people through our involvement with the activity. Not to mention, it's fun and rewarding.
Research and history fascinate me. Sometimes when I'm gathering facts for a book, I'll get lost in the subject I'm reading about and neglect writing for a while. I also like to interview people and did that professionally for years when I published articles about the accomplishments of others. I don't hesitate to first find out all I can about a particular subject then call on experts in that field to verify my work. The more I listen the more I learn. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Stopped Cold is narrated by Margaret, a teenager with a brother, Sean, and a father who, as a former jock, who drives his kids to both succeed in sports as well...unfortunately... Sean has been the quarterback for his local high school team and his father has already been guiding him to be prepared to move on to college ball, probably at his Alma mater, University of North Carolina... It all starts falling apart when Sean is suddenly replaced by a new student who has just entered Mistville. And his father immediately stresses to Sean that he must get the quarterback position back in order to be selected at the college level...
And Sean does exactly what his father wants--he does whatever it will take to get the position back...But the steroid he had taken put him in a coma in the hospital instead...
Margaret also is a sports star--in swimming. She is the school's top swimmer for the butterfly stroke. Margaret had an extremely hard time absorbing Sean's being in the hospital and not able to talk...Soon all she could think about was where and why Sean had taken the steroid... She hated what somebody had done to her beloved brother.
And that's when the book becomes a mystery! Margaret is determined to discover who had given the steroid to Sean (and within herself she knew to gain revenge). When the steroid was discovered, the entire family became involved with a special undercover investigator and he did ask for Margaret's assistance related to the school crowd...
He did not, however, realize that she had talked with two friends from school and they begun following leads that were being discovered... Margaret had overheard one of the jock groupies asking a football player if he was heading for the Temple. She realized that she was talking about an old log cabin that had once housed Buddhists priests. It no longer was used as a Temple and everybody had thought it was deserted... Jimmy, one of her friends also confirmed that he'd heard something about going to the Temple...
Pallotta has written a truly inspirational book about how a family grows and comes closer together after a traumatic experience. If indeed some of us believe that there is a plan controlling our lives, this book surely supports the type of miracles, power of prayer, and the strength derived through God's presence... At the same time, she hits hard and straight into the drug problem within American sports, especially, through the father of the family characters intense desire and pressure on today's children to succeed. And even more so, as the surprise ending catches everybody by surprise.
Highly recommended for both young adults and for parents and grandparents of teenage children. I'm one of those individuals in today's world that worries about the emphasis on talent and becoming "the best" for our young people. While I love to listen to or watch programs featuring young people sharing God's gift to them, I deplore the pitting of young people against each other for ridiculous sums of money as rewards... And then creating star-struck children who follows extremist stars who will do anything to gain popularity and sell their image... Is this the future for our teenagers and children?
Kudos to Pallotta for presenting a though-provoking novel that forces all of us to examine what our children face from every corner of their lives!
The bond between Sean and Margaret is strong and that makes the dynamics between the siblings interesting. The whole family’s faith is tried with the consequences of some bad decisions but I particularly liked Margaret. She was an authentic character and I could see a young person in her situation. I found myself rooting for her and her family.
The story isn’t predictable and is very enjoyable because of it. I would definitely recommend it.