My thoughts: What would happen if an average middle school age boy discovers that most of the people around him are mysteriously gone? The King of Tennessee tells the story of Stewart, who is thrown into such a situation. I can imagine that it would be fun to not have the rules that you are used to, but then he finds that he is not alone.
In some ways, it is hard to like Stewart in the beginning, but I feel like that is kind of the point. When he meets Gina, a wonderful character by the way, he has to start thinking about someone other than himself.
This was an interesting story! Perhaps more for high school level than middle school, but still worth picking up.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.
About the Author
David Alan Shorts has a passion to teach kids things which matter for a lifetime, rather than just the next test or Sunday School lesson. He has written many books, short stories, and magazine articles, along with musicals, plays, and songs. His three children keep him busy and constantly evaluating life through the eyes of youth. He has taught music to thousands of kids in Northern California for more than twenty years. When he’s not doing what matters most, he enjoys flying model airplanes and working out.
More from David
My son and I had just finished watching a Mad Max movie when a conversation began about post-apocalyptic movies and what the Bible has to say. The Apocalypse is real and is described in some detail in the Bible. So, why aren’t all apocalyptic stories told from a Christian world view? That was when I began creating King of Tennessee as an attempt to give depth in today’s contemporary post-apocalyptic stories. It combines action and adventure while still keeping the life-changing message of God’s salvation in the novel.
I would like this to be the book the makes “apocalyptic” a Christian word again. This can be the book that gives some kids a second thought about God, when they might have dismissed Him as meaningless otherwise.
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