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What others are saying about 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.

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Catching Hope

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Endorsements for Catching Hope

“Catching Hope is a must-read, Christian novel for teenagers that will keep them on the edge of their seat! It is a suspenseful, inspiring story of a family who faces an unexpected crisis when they travel to the country of Haiti. The protagonist has already faced years of trauma, and has no other choice but to turn to God in her desperation, finding that He has already given her and family the strength they needed to survive. With excellent descriptions and details of the setting, the author reminds both children and adult readers that they can overcome any challenge if they seek guidance from their family, but most importantly from their faith in God.”

Kathleen Hansley, licensed independent social worker/clinical therapist. (MSW, LISW)



Kathy Cassel has written a page-turner for today's teens. Packed with adventure, suspense, drama, danger, and a surprise ending, this story will have readers on the edge of their seats. Another great book from one of my favorite authors. 

Crystal Bowman--award-winning bestselling author of more than 100 books including I Love You to the Stars. 


Author Kathy Cassel has just the right amount of suspense and adventure in Catching Hope to keep you guessing to the end. I did not want to put the book down as I followed the characters through their adventures as they learned to work together while never losing hope. Juanita Barben, elementary paraprofessional

 As a professional in the social work field I looked forward to reading Catching Hope. I was not disappointed. From page one Kathy Cassel draws you in and takes you through a suspense filled journey of Lexi’s unexpected journey on her first vacation with her forever family. The book offers hope today’s teens and touches on those in foster care or adopted. A must read. Lisa Reynolds, social worker

Chapter by chapter, a greater purpose unveils in Catching Hope. Four teenagers colored with diverse pasts, have to put aside their bias to work together and survive a seemingly impossible situation. Serving in the Republic of Haiti on a mission trip with their family, the four learn just how fraught the tiny island nation is with natural disasters, poverty, and corruption when they are kidnapped for revenge.


To escape capture in a rundown, isolated building tucked away in a remote part of the island, Lexi, Levi, Chad, and Jen each have to face the challenge of unpacking the baggage of past abuse, Autism, and the feeling of being unloved to find their way back. Unlikely heroism, surprising survival skills, and hidden compassion bubble to the surface eventually making the perfect blend of comradery to tackle the present and mounting adversity. 


Teresa Robbins, author


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