Catching Hope: A pursuit fraught with danger.
Newly adopted Lexi Michaels is taking her first real vacation as she, twin brother Levi, adoptive brother Chad, and new cousin Jen head to Haiti where their dad, a pediatrician, will be volunteering in an island clinic. But who is the man who displays such hatred for the Michaels when they arrive at their resort? Is an attempted burglary as random as it appears? Will Jen ever accept the newcomers to the family? When the four teens set out to explore Haiti’s sights and history on their own, an unexpected encounter and natural disaster plunge them into adventure and danger. With their very survival at stake, can the four teens work together, or will Lexi’s dream of a “forever family” end in tragedy?
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Set against the backdrop of the sport of freerunning, Kia must decide whether she will continue running or face her past abuser in order to save another child.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FREERUNNER:
Everything you need in a great story.”
There are those rare, magic moments when you pick up a book, read the first few lines and immediately know you’ve found a gem. Freerunner is one of those stories.
Kiana’s unique circumstances and passions grab you, hold you, and never let you go. Coupled with a cast of characters you’d love to know in real life, such as Kiana’s friend Thorn, and a very real personal struggle with something too many have had to face, you find yourself drawn into not only Kiana’s story, but her world.
If you enjoy books that keep you ripping through the pages into the wee hours, Freerunner promises not only a great read, but a book you’ll want to share with friends and family. If you treat yourself to any books this season, make sure Freerunner is at the top of your list.
–T.E. Bradford, author of the Divide Series and Six World Saga books.
Kathy Cassel weaves a fast-paced, insightful, coming of age narrative that is not only engaging, tragic and full of emotional turmoil but also explores second chances and renewed faith.
Jeanne DeAngulo, veteran middle school/high school teacher
From the first paragraph, I was hooked by Cassel’s true-to-life story of teen “misfits” who find escape through freerunning. This action-packed tale of friendship and hope will capture even the most reluctant reader.
Lori Ewart, veteran high school/junior high English teacher and young people’s librarian.
Kathy Cassel has long had a sincere heart for teens. Her writing proves it.
In Freerunner, a teen girl is mixed up in more than one way and goes through several phases of difficult emotions. Young adult readers will enjoy entering Kiana (Kia—“like the car”) Scott’s mind as she deals with some pretty tough issues.
It’s a great read filled with life lessons that will remain with the reader for a very long time. I highly recommend Freerunner.
Katara Washington Patton, author of Inspiration for Christian Teen Girls and other inspirational books
When I first picked up Kathy Cassel’s Freerunner, I was intrigued by the title. I had not been acquainted with such a sport so I read with great interest. The first chapter swept me into the storyline, soon revealing the main character’s pain, and her reason for freerunning. The sensitive topic of child abuse is handled with discretion, yet it is honest. Freerunner portrays what is often a lifelong journey as people struggle with such an assault on their body, soul, and spirit.
Joan C. Benson, author of His Gift, Elk Lake Publishing
As an adoptive/foster parent for 15 years I have personally received many children dealing with similar situations. Freerunner, written by Kathy Cassel, tackles a hard issue that many teens deal with today. The number of kids dealing with molestation is much higher than anyone realizes. It is a subject that many people find hard to discuss yet Freerunner is written in a realistic way that offers hope and healing for the children impacted. I highly endorse this book.
Felicia Melville, therapeutic foster parent
This story tackles tough issues with fast-paced action and suspense. The characters quickly come alive and you feel like you know them. Woven into the plot are unexpected twists and turns that make this story a great read. This is one of those books that's hard to put down because you can't wait to see what will happen next. Great for teens, but adults as well.
Crystal Bowman--best selling, award-winning author of more than 100 books.
“A strong plot, unique characters, and deft airing of an oft-hidden issue, childhood sexual abuse, make this a young-adult book you’ll devour in one sitting.
Phyllis Wheeler, editor, reviewer, former publisher, and future Elk Lake Publishing author.
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