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The Running Dream is another Lamplighter Nominee for the 2013/2014 school year. This story is both captivating and inspirational. The main character, Jessica, was riding a school bus when there was a terrible accident. One of her teammates did not survive the accident, however Jessica did, except she lost one of her legs. This would be tragic for any high school student, but it is especially hard for Jessica because she is a runner for her school. Her best event is the 400 meters. Another fantastic character in the story is Jessica’s good friend, Fiona. Fiona is a great example...

One of the Lamplighter Nominees for this school year is Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs. This book is a great read even for boys! Dylan (age 14) travels to Texas to go river rafting with his uncle and cousin and is faced with some difficult decisions.  He and his cousin make it down the river at the same time that a hurricane is headed in their direction! There are plenty of other obstacles along the way but the two cousins tough it out and even help others in significant ways. This inspiring survival story will encourage the...

A fun December idea that was presented to me when my children were little was to wrap a Christmas book for each of the days before Christmas. Over time I accumulated enough books to do this.  Some were small and inexpensive.  But some were notably special. Each night before bed one of my kids would be selected to pick a book out of the basket of wrapped books.  That same child would unwrap the book and we would read it together as a family.  One of the really special books was One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham (illustrated by...

The 2013 Christy Award Finalist in the Suspense category: The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer. Even if legal novels are not your first pick, this novel is worth checking out. The reader will gain a better understanding of the legal system as a result, as well as become captivated by the twists and turns and surprises that this novel presents. The main character, Jamie Brock, is a lawyer that has never plea-bargained in a case. But, she finds herself in a difficult situation that may cause her to reevaluate the principles that have guided her career. Written by Bonnie Thompson,...

I have to admit that at first glance this book would not be my first pick for reading material.  The book cover hints at Middle East warfare and this is an area that I know very little about.  But, every person that I spoke with that had read Lion of Babylon had given it a thumbs up.  Another convincing factor is that book two in the series:  Rare Earth received the 2013 Christy Award for Suspense.  For these two reasons, I found myself reading and being captivated by book one of this series. The main character, Mark Royce, is a...