2 March 2010

Wildcard tour Never Blame the Umpire by Gene Fehler

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks and Pam Mettler of Zondervan Publishing for sending me a review copy.***


Gene Fehler, an award-winning and widely published poet, is the author of ten published books and over eighteen hundred published poems, stories, and articles. He and his wife, Polly, live in Seneca, South Carolina, where he writes, teaches, and participates in sports.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719410
ISBN-13: 978-0310719410
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER: Just Press the Button:

My Review:
I found this a delightful book dealing with a tough subject. I found Gene's insight into Kate's thoughts and actions was well done. Early on we find Kate's mother is terminally ill and we then see the story from Kate's point of view. The reactions are very real and well captured. I love how Kate is doing a creative writing class and how this helps her with her thoughts.
This book is aimed at about 9 - 12 age and I am uncertain how some of the agegroup would go reading this book. It has a very relevant message but for a child going through this situation I think it would be very hard to read. For children with a friend in the situation I believe it could help them understand what there friend is going through. I think this book could be a great resource book for schools and churches. I also think it would be a great book for parents to read with their children so they can answer questions and discuss the subject.

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