Teen fiction that offers healing and hope

Endorsements for Freerunner:

  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, to be released in 2020 by 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.


“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.


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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The story is one that will make readers feel connected to the main characters. It has a beautiful message that no matter what, there is always hope and you are never alone. This is such a wonderful lesson for all of us to learn. Amy

Kathy Cassel did a great job of tackling a tough topic! This story is told with strong, complex, and believable characters. The topic of childhood sexual abuse is a difficult one to weave into a story but Kathy does it beautifully. The warmth and comfort of the main character's relationship with a young man is heartwarming. Their relationship is non-sexual and appropriate for any audience. The athletic setting surrounding the story provides lots of fast-paced action and will attract the teen audience. The message of this story is that even in the midst of painful circumstances, God offers hope. I highly recommend this book for teens and also adults. Jean B

The action and the realistic cast of characters make this a fun and easy read. 

Dominic C, teen reader

I think Freerunner should be in every K-12 school library, Christian or not. Even though it is overtly Christian in its presentation, there are molested kids that need to hear that there is hope for their recovery.

Jane M

This book is a message of hope for young adults who may have faced sexual abuse or other traumatic experiences in life. As a Christian therapist, I am aware of how much realistic stories that teenagers can relate to are needed, and how difficult they are to find. This Christian novel for young people is a powerful story that will not only keep readers engaged, but also could be the tool they need to speak out and get the help and encouragement they need.

Katy H

The author does a wonderful job of handling a sensitive topic. This is an excellent book to pick up for older teens. It's a reminder to not let the abuser silence your voice. Amanda

This book is written in first person narrative. I enjoyed this point of view. I felt it helped me get into the head of Kia and understand where she was going. The writing flows nicely throughout this book. The author has done a great job at keeping the reader's attention. Connie T