The last book on my catch-up review list is The Stone Traveler by Kathi Oram Peterson. Like the previous few books, I agreed to review The Stone Traveler before I left for Portugal the first of July, but unlike the other books, I didn't actually get this one until after I came home. Kathi, knowing I had a wedding the first of September scheduled my review for September 30th. So, I'm not really late. In fact, I actually hope to post this a few days early.
Let me preface this review by saying Kathi is holding a great contest and the main prize is a KINDLE. Yes, a Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle, and this is a fun way to try to get one. If you visit Kathi's blog http://www.kathiswritingnook.com/ and look at the left column, you will find a bunch of blog sites that have reviewed her book. If you visit each of those sites and leave a comment, you will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle. Now let me tell you, there aren't a ton of people who have the time to keep going back and looking at the new reviewers posting. As I understand it, you have to post on every site to be eligible, and the contest ends on September 30th (the day I was supposed to post, but remember, I'm posting this early). So if you want that Kindle, there's a good chance to win it that way. I would try for it myself, but already have one--and I have a deadline. Rats!
Now back to the book. The Stone Traveler is basically a young adult book, but adult readers will also enjoy it. I really did. What I loved the most was the way my teenage son took the book and devoured it. I loved that he was getting a great adventure with gospel insights without the preaching. Tag, the main character, has made some really poor choices, but he is given exactly what he needs to shake off the figurative chains that bind him. Tag really comes alive for the reader. I also loved that the female characters were strong and courageous.
I won't go into more detail, except to say that this book is well worth buying and reading. Kathi has come up with a wonderful story for people of all ages. Don't miss out on either the opportunity to read this book--or to win a Kindle. Hmm, maybe I'll tell my children about this contest. After all they loved the book!