Never Look Back (Cedar River Daydreams #27)

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Lexi and her friends try to help Angela who believes that running away is the only solution to her problems at home

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"There are too few Christian examples in our world today," says Judy Baer, author of the new Cedar River Daydreams Series. I want to offer young readers an alternative to good exciting reading with a Christian point of view.

Judy began to write professionally in l983; since then she has had numerous books published and was the recipient of the 1991 first place for juvenile fiction presented by the National Federation of Presswomen..

Judy Baer feels that the Cedar River Daydreams series is in many ways a dream come true for a writer. "Its a messy world we live in. Sometimes it is difficult to tie problems into neat packages and solve them by page two hundred. The Daydreams series will allow both author and reader to follow characters through their joys and disappointments, through their growth and maturation, through the teenage years. Any problem or situation that teenagers face may someday be a topic of a Daydreams novel.

Remembering vividly her own feelings and emotions as a teenager helps her develop stories that ring true to teens. Judy says,"If the characters in Daydreams can in some way act as role models or encourage readers to hold fast to the Christian faith, then I will have reached my goal. I want to create readable, enjoyable, uplifting and just plain fun books that will keep readers coming back for more."

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Grade 6-9?Angela is upset that her mother has a serious boyfriend, and is afraid that their close relationship will change now that Ted has entered their lives. Ever since she was very young, the girl and her mother have been on their own, and the resentful teen rebuffs all of Ted's attempts at friendship. In desperation, Angela runs away from home. Her friends, terrified for her safety, join in the search for her, which takes them to a homeless mission and a hideout for runaways. The teens living there speak freely about life on the run and give the visitors insight into the various reasons why young people take off. After four days of being on her own, Angela is spotted by the police and taken home. During that time, she has come to the realization that she needs to work things out with her mother and Ted. While there is a need for well-written fiction with an underlying Christian theme, this title, despite its many references to church, prayer, and the clergy, does not fill that demand. The writing is mediocre at best, as the main characters are saccharine sweet, too noble to be believable, and completely one dimensional. The dialogue is stilted and the message heavy-handed. The characters give more information about runaways than most nonfiction titles on the subject.?Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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