Monday, September 27, 2010

BOOK NOOK REVIEW

THE STONE TRAVELER
by
Kathi Oram Peterson

Kathi Oram Peterson understands the challenges and triumphs of youth. In The Stone Traveler, she has not only created a troubled youth from our day, she has created a cast of enchanting characters from 34 A.D. Meso-America who are beset by the concerns of their own complex time. When the dubious actions of our main character, 16-year-old Tag Quincy, catapult him back two thousand years into young leader, Sabirah’s ancient land, both come to discover that dangers abound in both worlds, and that ultimately, peace for each is based on the same two important elements.

When Tag’s father and brother leave the family unexpectedly and without explanation, the changes that occur in his once-perfect world cause Tag to systematically rebel against everything he once believed in. The impact is most apparent on the outside as Tag assumes a Goth-like persona with an angry, rebellious attitude to match.

Ironically, it is on a day when he is actually trying to save his own spineless cousin from being attacked by the problematic gang recruiting Tag that his good intentions are misinterpreted, landing the full weight of his mother’s disappointment and anger on him. The result is a summer of banishment to his grandfather’s lakeside cabin for an attitude adjustment, and Tag will have none of it.

While making his escape one stormy night, Tag happens upon the cabin where three strange men take him in. In their possession is an intriguing glowing stone that entices Tag until he decides to “borrow” it. But the stone exacts its own consequence, hurtling Tag back into 19-year-old Sabirah’s violent world where he is viewed as the promised Wayfarer who will help her locate her own missing father and brother. As the two teens form an alliance, Tag’s dependence on Sabirah’s cunning and wisdom eventually diminishes as he emerges as a young man capable of far more than he ever believed.

Kathi Oram Peterson’s The Stone Traveler is a wonderful coming-of-age story that delivers a solid fantasy tale with beautifully-paced spiritual elements woven throughout. It’s written in first-person, through Tag’s and Sabirah’s distinctive voices. It took me a few chapters to catch the rhythm of the story, but from the middle to the end I was turning pages furiously, intrigued by unexpected plot twists and surprises at every turn. Her characterizations are distinct and endearing, and her ability to maintain their individual voices while allowing them to grow and develop, was executed masterfully.

The book raises important topics such as family unity, loyalty, integrity, faith, testimony, trust, true friendship, marriage prep, etc. Moreover, the subtle comparison between Tag and the rebels of Sabirah’s day is compelling.

Published by Covenant, The Stone Traveler will satisfy adults and youth alike, making it a wonderful family book to be shared and discussed together.

Click here to buy a copy online.

As I’ve mentioned throughout the month, Kathi is running a unique and exciting blog tour with fabulous prizes. It’s not too late to enjoy the fun at: http://www.kathiswritingnook.com/2010/09/journey-begins.html.

26 comments:

  1. I can't get over the gorgeous cover!

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  2. Thanks for the review! It sounds like a really good book.

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  3. Yes indeed it was very hard to put down I enjoyed it thoughly!

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  4. Interesting that Tag gets in trouble for doing something good.
    Thanks for the review!

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  5. Great summary, Laurie. You highlighted the early plot points of the book without giving too much away.

    Congratulations on the upcoming release of the fourth book in your series!

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  6. So far I've written from one narrator; I imagine that it's a challenge writing from two different ones! I look forward to reading this and seeing how Kathi managed it so well with Tag and Sabirah. Thanks for the review!

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  7. Great review! I'm stoked to find your blog, I love your books. Can't wait for the next one.

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  8. I love coming of age stories and the fact that you couldn't put it down makes it even better:)

    bchild5@aol.com

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  9. I liked your review and think this would be a fascinating story.

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  10. We're coming down the home stretch! This has been a very fun blog tour. Way to go everybody. :)

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  11. This blog tour has been so fantastic! It's fun to see all the reviews!

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  12. So it *is* first person. That wasn't clear to me until now. Now I definitely have to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  13. Did blogger eat my comment? I know I left one around the time Carolyn and Ben did. I'll try again...

    I'm excited to read Kathi's book. She made her blog tour fun and unique. Thanks for the review. Seeing the similarities and differences between reviews has been interesting.

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  14. Fascinating review. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I hiked a pyramid, fell out of a canoe, smudged my lipstick and was chased by a lizard,to get here, but Blogger beat me down. Not sure if my original comment went through. Blogger error 503 really is not one I keep wanting to see on the tour.

    I loved your review, so it was worth it. If you get three comments from me, I am sorry.

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  16. Great review. I can't wait to read it. :o)

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  17. "Coming of age story" is usually a turn-off for me. I'm not sure why. This one sounds really well-done, though.

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  18. This blog tour has been awesome! I wish every author would do something like this.:) Great review!

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  19. Great review! I loved this book. :)

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  20. Thanks for letting me know about the glitch! Great review!

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  21. Great review! Can't wait to read it!

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  22. Awesome review! Sounds like a great for my 14 year old grandson.

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  23. I really enjoyed your review. Thank you!

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  24. Fun review. Getting in two people's heads must be a challenge.

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  25. Great review! Love your blog background!

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