Strike Three

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stephanie grabbed her glove and made her way into the outfield, feeling hurt and confused. As she passed by Alexis and Jackie, Jackie smiled that awful fake smile at her. Stephanie, who had never hit anyone in her life, had an almost irresistible urge to punch her.

Book:Strike Three (Game On!) by Stephen D. Smith with Lisa Caldwell, Standard Publishing, 2006
Genre: Sports Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 12-15
Subjects: Anorexia, bullying, physical disability, friendship, witnessing
Summary: Stephanie adores her older brother. When he’s hurt in an accident and left at least temporarily paralyzed it only strengthens Stephanie and draws both her and her brother closer to Christ. But Stephanie’s faith is about to be severely tested when she joins a softball team with a big bully on it. This other girl is used to her dad’s money buying whatever she wants – including coveted positions on the team. When she doesn’t get what she wants, she turns her wrath on those around her, both Stephanie and her new friend Alexis. Worse still is the fact that she turns Alexis against Stephanie when Alexis needs her most. Alexis has a serious eating disorder and Stephanie was trying to help her when the bully got in the way. Pretty soon Stephanie is unsure if she should even continue playing softball because of the pressure!
Notes: This book does an amazing job portraying a normal life for a young girl: sports, friendship, first crushes, growing independence, low self-image, etc. It also does a great job portraying Godly adults and even just older teens encouraging and challenging the young girl to so what’s right, to follow Christ and seek wisdom from Him. I highly recommend this one.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.


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